Manchester

Woman's rings stolen in burglary hours after death

Burglars broke into an elderly woman's house in Greater Manchester and stole jewellery just hours after she died.

The thieves struck at the property in Ashton Lane, Sale, between 17:15 GMT on 11 December and 10:00 GMT the following day. The woman died on 11 December.

They stole three rings - a nine carat Victorian style amethyst ring, a nine carat gold diamond eternity ring and a gold wedding band.

Police said they believed the burglary was targeted.

PC Alfred Gumbs, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Whoever committed this crime really are the lowest of the low and they have taken advantage of a woman who had only just passed away and a family who are grieving for their loss.

"They are now not only struggling to come to terms with the death but also the fact sentimental items have been stolen by these callous thieves.

"I would urge anyone who knows anything about this crime to contact police. There is no doubt even the hardened criminal will be appalled by this and I would appeal to them for information."

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