Murder Investigation Launched After Dog Owner’s Death in Burglary


Detectives are conducting a murder investigation following the tragic death of a man during a burglary attempt to steal his beloved pet dog.

The incident occurred at an address on Ainsworth Road in Radcliffe on Tuesday morning at around 10:30 am.

Responding to reports of burglars attempting to snatch a white labradoodle, police arrived at the scene to find the lifeless body of 45-year-old Donald ‘Prentice’ Patience.

Mr. Patience’s family and friends, deeply saddened by the loss, fondly remember him as a cherished son, brother, and father, affectionately known as Prentice.

The authorities also recovered the pet dog from the scene, which is now under the care of Greater Manchester Police.


A post-mortem examination conducted by the Home Office raised suspicions about the circumstances of Mr. Patience’s death.

As part of the ongoing investigation, three individuals have been apprehended on suspicion of murder.

The police have urged anyone who might have witnessed any unusual activity in the area earlier in the week to come forward with information.

Two of the arrested men, aged 27 and 41, have been released on bail after questioning, while a 39-year-old man remains in police custody for further inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Smith of GMP’s Major Incident Team extended condolences to Mr. Patience’s loved ones and assured the public that the authorities are committed to unraveling the truth behind this tragedy.


She emphasized that the incident appears to be a targeted attack and appealed to the community for any information or footage that could aid the investigation.

Investigators are keen to speak to individuals who may have interacted with Mr. Patience, seen him walking his white labradoodle, or noticed any activities around his address, which is situated at the end of a terrace on Ainsworth Road.

The police have encouraged anyone with even the smallest detail that could assist the case to come forward and share their information.

Those with relevant details can contact the police at 0161 856 3635 or 101, quoting incident number 1139 of 22/08/2023.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.


If you had any connection to Mr. Patience and his dogs or have information pertinent to the case, you can reach out via email to The community’s cooperation is crucial in shedding light on this tragic incident and bringing closure to a grieving family and community.

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