Man steals purse from dying OAP

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Published: Saturday 7th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A man stole the purse of a dying pensioner in a “disgusting” crime, police have said.

Officers were called to Leigh Road, Leigh, Greater Manchester, at 11.45am on Wednesday following reports that an 82-year-old woman had been hit by a lorry. They found the woman dead.

A police spokesman said that after the collision, officers were told by witnesses that a man stole her purse before leaving.

Detective Sergeant Neil Lawless said: “This is one of the most disgusting crimes I have ever investigated and I find it hard to believe someone could stop so low to commit such a horrific offence.

“This man has taken what he sees as an easy opportunity by stealing a purse from a dying woman. I am sure the community will be equally disgusted and I appeal to anyone who may have seen this man take the purse and walk off on Leigh Road.

“There are a number of rumours circulating on social media at the moment but I would like to reassure residents we are doing all we can to find out who is responsible.

“However, for us to do so, we need your help. If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please call us as soon as possible.”

The man is described as white, 6ft, aged between 30 and 40, medium build, with a dark brown beard, wearing a light grey hooded top with the hood up, light blue jeans and black boot-style training shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101 or the independent charity CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Published: Saturday 7th February 2015 by The News Editor

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