Icy trail leads police to suspects

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Arctic weather has helped police catch suspected boiler thieves

Arctic weather helped police catch a pair of suspected thieves after they followed a trail of frozen water leaking from a stolen boiler.

The boiler was ripped out of the kitchen of a house in Leigh, Lancashire, and carried to a nearby address.

Police were called to the property in Firs Lane following reports of a break-in, Greater Manchester Police said.

Amid sub-zero temperatures, the leaky boiler dripped water which then froze on the ground – and officers followed the trail to the door of a nearby house where they discovered it.

Two men, aged 38 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody for questioning.

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