Nellie Geraghty: Bag found in hunt for killer

Frank and Nellie Geraghty
Image caption Nellie Geraghty's handbag contained the ashes of her late husband Frank

Police are investigating whether a bag they have found belongs to a woman who died after she was mugged in Oldham.

Nellie Geraghty, 79, kept the ashes of her late husband in the bag which was stolen in Shaw, Greater Manchester, on 24 November.

The handbag, which also contained £200 in cash, was taken but the handle snapped and the strap was still clasped in the pensioner's hand.

A 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on police bail.

Police said on Monday that no further action would be taken against two teenage boys, aged 14 and 17, who were arrested on the same charge.

Following the attack last year, Mrs Geraghty was found just before midday in the alleyway leading from Elizabeth Grove to Kershaw Street.

She was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital with serious head injuries but she died the following day.

Her family said she had carried the ashes of her late husband Frank everywhere with her in a blue velvet drawstring bag.

She had wished to be cremated with them so their ashes could be scattered together on Mr Geraghty's allotment.

The ashes have still not been found, despite a member of the public offering a £5,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to their recovery, or information that leads to the successful conviction of the offender.

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