A suspected burglar has been stabbed to death while trying to break into a house.
The intruder was attempting to get into a house in Salford, Greater Manchester, just before midnight last night when the householder is believed to have defended his property.
The dead man, whom police have not named, is believed to have been carried away from the address by other members of a balaclava-clad gang as they fled.
Police have put up a 100-metre cordon around the terrace house, which backs on to open scrubland close to a council recycling centre in the Pendlebury area of Salford.
Locals said they understood intruders tried to break into the back door of the property, then police received a 999 call from a woman at the house.
Greater Manchester Police said an investigation was still in its early stages and further details about the incident will be released later.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "Police are investigating after a man died in Salford.
"Just before midnight, police were called to an address in Pendlebury, following reports of a burglary and a group of men carrying an injured man on to Hospital Road.
"On arrival at Hospital Road, police found a 26-year-old man with stab wounds.
"He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Two men and a woman have been arrested and remain in police custody."
Two days ago, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to bring in stronger measures to protect homeowners defending their property.
"We will put beyond doubt that homeowners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted," he said.