Family renew appeal on anniversary of mother's death

The daughter of a woman who died after she was robbed in the street has appealed for more information on the second anniversary of her death.

Mary Porter, 80, suffered a broken arm when a robber pulled her over and stole her handbag in Bolton town centre in August 2008.

She was taken to hospital but died almost two months later.

The victim's daughter Shelagh Orrell said: "If you have a decent bone in your body you will come forward."

A post mortem examination could not establish the exact cause of death but did establish a link with the robbery.

Ms Orrell said that before the incident Mrs Porter had been active and independent.

Police described the offender as a "spineless thief" who targeted a fragile, elderly woman for the contents of her handbag.

CCTV images of the suspect riding away on his bicycle have been released by police.

Image caption CCTV images of the suspect riding away on his bicycle have been released

Mrs Porter died on her daughter's birthday. Two years later, Ms Orrell said she cannot celebrate while the man who robbed her mother has not been caught.

She said: "How can I think about celebrating my birthday when the man responsible for my mother's death is still out there.

"Words can't describe what I feel towards the person responsible."

She said she wanted to appeal to the offender directly.

"Two years have passed but the pain is as real as the day she died and I cannot put into words just how much the whole family miss her," she said.

Det Insp Andy Richardson, said: "While [the thief] was left with the few pounds that were in her purse, Mary's family have been left devastated and two years on are still struggling to come to terms with her death.

"She was a much loved grandmother and mother who would not have died the way she did had she not been robbed and I am determined to get justice for her."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

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