Nellie Geraghty: Man charged with manslaughter

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

A man has been charged over the death of a woman who was robbed of a handbag which contained her husband's ashes.

Nellie Geraghty, 79, was found clutching the strap of the bag which was taken from her in Shaw, Greater Manchester, on 24 November.

Greater Manchester Police said Mark Royle, 37, of no fixed address but previously from Shaw, had been charged with manslaughter and robbery.

He is due to appear before Oldham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

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

Bike appeal

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

The ashes have still not been found.

Police are also keen to trace a mountain bike in connection with the investigation.

They are appealing to anyone who may have had it stolen to contact them.

Det Ch Insp Joanne Rawlinson said: "The ashes of Nellie's husband Frank are still missing, and as such our work will continue in Shaw for some time.

"We have previously circulated images of a mountain bike that we are very keen to trace. To date we have still not recovered this bike. I would appeal for anyone with any information about the bike to contact myself.

"Have you had a bike like this stolen? Have you been offered this bike for sale? Have you recently bought this bike? I would like to hear from you."

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