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Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 00:10 GMT
Father dies after disturbing burglar

Manchester Royal Infirmary
Phillip Street was dead on arrival at hospital

A father-of-three has died after being attacked when he confronted a burglar in his garden.

Phillip Street, 48, died from a stab wound to the chest by a screwdriver or similar object, a post mortem revealed.

Phillip Street Phillip Street died after confronting a burglar
A screwdriver was found at the scene but police have not confirmed whether it was the murder weapon.

Mr Street was awoken by a noise in his garden and went outside to find a youth, aged between 18 and 20, trying to break into his shed, it is believed.

The youth is described as white, around 5ft 7in, with a shaven head.

Police said Mr Street's wife and two sons - although not their daughter - were in the house in Lichfield Avenue, Reddish, Stockport, Greater Manchester, at the time of the attack, in the early hours of Monday.

Mr Street was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Neighbours shocked

His attacker is believed to have fled through the back gardens of neighbouring houses.

Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation.

Detective Superintendent David Brown, heading the investigation, said: "This was an extremely serious offence and disturbing to local people."

Neighbours in the quiet street, which has a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, were shocked at the death of Mr Street, a builder.

Emily Booth said: "They were a very, very nice family and were very well respected. They got on well with all the neighbours."

She has lived in the street for 43 years and knew Mr Street, his wife Elaine, his daughter Emma and his sons Andrew, 21, and Daniel 15.

Forensic search

Andrew Street's employer, Ken Slow, 53, who runs KGS Window Cleaning Contractors, said Mr Street's eldest son had contacted him on Monday morning to tell him what had happened.

"Andrew said to me 'My dad's been attacked, Ken, and he's been stabbed, I couldn't get to him on time'.

"I told him to do what he had to do," Mr Slow said.

Police revealed that three other nearby garages had been broken into during Sunday evening.

Forensic officers are searching the house and the garden for any traces of the killer, and police are making house-to-house inquiries.

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