Appeal after woman's bag stolen in Leeds Liverpool Canal death

the Leeds Liverpool Canal Image copyright Geograph/Alex mcgregor
Image caption The woman fell into the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle

Police are looking for a thief who stole the handbag of a woman who died after falling into the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle.

The 40-year-old woman is understood to have put her shopping bags and handbag down to feed the ducks before she fell in the water on 9 January.

Merseyside Police want to trace a white man aged 24-25, seen on a grey bike riding towards Hawthorne Road.

Insp Karen Dowden said the woman's death was considered "non-suspicious".

"I want to make it clear that we want to speak to this man into the theft of a handbag," she added.

"We are treating the death of this woman as non-suspicious, as we do believe that she had stumbled and fallen into the canal."

She died after being taken to hospital by emergency services.

Some items from her handbag were found further down the canal towpath.

The police described the wanted man as having medium mousy brown hair and wearing a black coat and dark tracksuit bottoms.

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