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Cremation ashes stolen by mugger in Birmingham

A mugger has stolen a handbag containing the ashes of the victim's father in Birmingham.

The victim, a 40-year-old woman from the city, was waiting at a bus stop in Taylor Road in the Kings Heath area.

Officers believe the thief, who was riding a bicycle, may be unaware of the sentimental value of the ashes, which were held in a clear tube.

The offender, a white man thought to be aged in his late teens, struck shortly before 1500 BST on 3 September.

Det Con Lee Reeday, from Bournville police station, said: "Understandably, the victim is devastated at the loss of her father's ashes and therefore I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward."

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