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Dead woman's stolen phone is returned in Manchester

Ben Heney
Image caption Heney stole the phone as another passer-by tried to help the woman

A mobile phone that was stolen from a woman as she laying dying on a Manchester street has been handed in.

Ben Heney, of Fulton Court, Hulme, was jailed for 12 weeks for stealing the phone from the woman who had fallen from a car park on Bloom Street.

Heney told police he had sold it for £20 and officers appealed for its return so it could be given to the woman's family.

A journalist, who was working in Hulme, was given the phone by a passer-by.

The reporter who works for the Manchester Evening News (MEN) handed it in to Greater Manchester Police on Thursday evening.

Det Sgt Mark Astbury, said: "The family have told us they are grateful to the public response to our appeal and the efforts of the MEN reporter.

"After Heney was sentenced yesterday for his appalling actions, all we wanted was for the woman's phone to be given back to her family so they could pass on the tragic news and this can now happen."

Heney, 23, was recorded on CCTV at 0045 BST taking the phone from the woman as a member of the public tried to help her.

Heney admitted one count of theft when he appeared at Manchester City Magistrates' Court.

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