Suspected burglar swam River Mersey to try to escape from police

A burglary suspect in Warrington made a doomed attempt to escape arrest – by jumping into the River Mersey.

The man tried to escape from police in the early hours of this morning by jumping in the river, but failed to escape after officers stood on both banks and waited for him to give himself up.

Cheshire Police said they received a call shortly before 2am reporting a break-in at a house on Bretton Avenue in Warrington.

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The suspect headed off along Howley Lane toward the Mersey, before trying to escape by jumping in the river.

Instead of following him into the water, police simply stood on both banks and waited for him to come out.

Police said he eventually made his own way back to dry land and was arrested on suspicion of burglary, before being treated by paramedics.

The North West Ambulance Service said they were called by police shortly after 2am to reports of a man trapped in the current.

They took him to Warrington General Hospital before he was taken into custody.

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