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Man arrested after Nottingham flatmates tackle burglar who flees empty-handed

Detectives have charged a suspect after a burglar was caught in the act by a group of housemates.

Officers were called to Russell Street, Radford, at 10.45pm on Wednesday (26 October) following reports a flat had been broken into minutes earlier.

The intruder was discovered rummaging through items by one of the flatmates, who managed to wrestle a rucksack away from the man.

A number of laptops belonging to the people who lived at the address were found in the bag, with a scuffle then breaking out inside the flat.

During the commotion, the man managed to flee from the property but left the rucksack containing the items he’d tried to steal behind.

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Following a police investigation, Mudasser Ahmed, 43, has been charged with burglary and assault by beating.

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Ahmed, of Butterley Park, Ripley, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday (31 October).

He will remain in custody until then.

Detective Constable Samantha Fowler, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Discovering an intruder inside your home is a scary prospect for anyone, which is why we work so hard to target this type of criminality.

“Nobody should ever be made to feel unsafe within the walls of their own home but sadly offences of this nature can happen, which can have a significant impact on victims, often from an emotional standpoint.

“It’s for this reason why we have two dedicated burglary teams made up of detectives who focus specifically on stopping these crimes from happening and relentlessly pursuing anyone who could be responsible.

“Cracking down on burglary is a key priority for the force and we will continue to target anyone suspected to be involved in these offences.”

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