Nellie Geraghty police given more time to quiz suspect

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

Police investigating the death of a 79-year-old woman who died after she was mugged for her handbag have been given more time to question a suspect.

Nellie Geraghty was found clutching the strap of the bag - which had contained her late husband Frank's ashes - in Oldham on 24 November.

She suffered serious injuries and died in hospital the following day. The bag and the ashes have not been found.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man on Friday on suspicion of murder.

He is also being questioned over a robbery on Baillie Street in Rochdale on Friday.

'Took ashes everywhere'

Officers were given a warrant of further detention for 36 hours to continue questioning him.

Mrs Geraghty's family said she had carried the ashes everywhere with her and wished to be cremated with them so they could be scattered together on Mr Geraghty's allotment.

They were kept in a small box in a blue velvet drawstring bag.

Two teenagers, aged 14 and 17, have previously been arrested on suspicion of murder and have been bailed until 9 January.

Greater Manchester Police has appealed for anyone with any information about Mrs Geraghty's death, or the whereabouts of the ashes or her bag, to contact the force or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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