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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Woman dies as hubby's ashes stolen
A woman treasured her husband's ashes, carrying it around for 17 years, only to have it stolen and collapse on the streets and eventually die.
Nellie Geraghty, 79, was rushed to hospital on after being found unconscious in an alleyway in northwest England.
She was still clutching the strap of her handbag.
"She was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital with serious head injuries but she sadly died," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
They added that two boys aged 14 and 17 had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and were in custody.
Superintendent Catherine Hankinson said Geraghty might have been attacked because she refused to let go of her handbag, adding: "She has carried the ashes around with her for the last 17 years."
"I imagine even hardened criminals will be shocked by this so, please, if you have heard anything about this then tell us," she said.
Kak Wan Kamsiah
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