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Alness man found dead amid dog theft probe in Bury

By Gregor White

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Donald 'Prentice' Patience.
Donald 'Prentice' Patience.

One person has been charged with murder after a man reported to originally be from Alness was found dead.

Donald “Prentice” Patience was found dead by police who were called to reports of a dog burglary in Bury.

The discovery came after officers were called to reports of a labradoodle being stolen.

Ian Gary Connell (39) of Duke Street, Bolton, is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court over the death of 45-year-old Mr Patience.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were called to an address in Ainsworth Road in Radcliffe, Bury, at around 10.30am on Tuesday to reports of a burglary, with a white labradoodle dog being taken.

The force said it has now been established Mr Patience “had been dead for several days”, although his cause of death is still being investigated.

Two other men, aged 27 and 41, were arrested on suspicion of murder but have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Donald’s loved ones described him as “a much-loved son, brother and father and will be sorely missed by many, affectionately known as Prentice.”

Yesterday the house was cordoned off as forensic officers came and went from the address.

Flowers had been left by the back wall of the house.

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