Reporter: KEN BENNETT
Date online: 23 December 2013
POLICE launched a manhunt last night after a farmer used his shotgun to foil a break-in attempt.
The farmer shouted before firing two shots into the air, sending the three intruders running in Platting Road, Lydgate, at 7.20pm..
A police helicopter swept over darkened fields with a powerful searchlight as dog units covered the ground. Patrol vehicles blocked both ends of Platting Road
An officer at the scene said: “We have a controlled situation. There has been a serious incident.”
Platting Road reopened later.
Supt Chris Ullah said: “We would never encourage anyone to take the law into their own hands. However, this farmer clearly felt under threat and took action to defend himself, his family and his property.
“We have not made any arrests but will continue to investigate the circumstances.”
Last week the Chronicle exclusively reported how Saddleworth farmers were on high alert following a series of brutal night-time raids by thieves butchering valuable sheep.
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