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Bungling burglar caught after getting stuck in a bathroom window

Sean Crawshaw Image copyright GMP
Image caption Sean Crawshaw was cautioned by police while still dangling from the window

Police could scarcely believe their luck when they found a bungling burglar dangling out of a bathroom window.

Sean Crawshaw, 47, got stranded after trying to break in to the house in Radcliffe, Bury, Greater Manchester.

The homeowner, in her 60s, found him wedged on the windowsill about 15ft (4.5m) off the ground after returning from a trip to the shops.

The long arm of the law plucked Crawshaw to safety and he has now been jailed for the botched burglary.

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Image caption The burglar hurt his ear after getting wedged in the window

Crawshaw, of James Street, Radcliffe was sentenced to two years and five months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last month.

He had pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal after being caught in the bathroom window in Bank Street in December.

Sgt Richard Garland of Greater Manchester Police told the BBC: "It was nice of him to hang around.

"He was actually cautioned as he was in mid-air.

"We did all have a chuckle about it later but the homeowner was actually pretty shaken up about it all.

"It's not nice having someone burgle your home and then finding them still there."

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Image caption A police officer snapped Crawshaw on his head camera

It took fire crews 20 minutes to rescue Crawshaw, who hurt his ear in the raid.

GMP officers arrested him at the scene but not before they caught his embarrassing moment on camera.

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