Is a burglar who was killed on the job getting a state funeral in Rochdale, U.K.? No, that's not true, the story was made up by a satirical website commenting on recent events in the United Kingdom.
A Rochdale burglar who was killed whilst at work will receive a state funeral.
Councillor Tom Walsh said, "This man wasn't any old burgular. He was the People's Burgular and as such, it will be in the public interest, nay, it's my civic duty to mark his passing by closing most of central Rochdale down and having a state funeral."
Police Constable Stan Still told us, "I'll be helping with the security. It'll be an honour. He always had a cheeky quip and a good story for us when we arrested him. He used to always make sure he gave some of the proceeds of his burglaries to the local kiddies hospital at Christmas."
The story is a pastiche of real events in Hither Green (about 160 miles from Rochdale), where a pensioner killed a burglar in his house. The old man was subsequently arrested and people were apparently putting up flowers for the burglar (which kept getting torn down by other people):
Flowers were put up in tribute to burglar Henry Vincent who was killed by Richard Osborn-Brooks, but they keep getting pulled down.
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We wrote about rochdaleherald.co.uk before, here is a previous story that mentioned the site: