Updated: Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 @ 3:27pm

Family of tragic mugging death pensioner thank residents for their help

Family of tragic mugging death pensioner thank residents for their help

By Nick Rawcliffe

The family of tragic Nellie Geraghty have thanked residents across Oldham for their help and support, a week after she was attacked in Shaw.

Nellie, 79, was found in an alleyway, with serious head injuries, which she later died from.

It later emerged that Nellie was carrying the ashes of her husband, Frank, in her handbag which was stolen during the incident.

In a statement, Nellie’s family said: “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the public, the police, and everyone that has supported our family over the past week.

“The response has been truly overwhelming.

“Our lives have been devastated by what has happened, but we have taken great comfort from the determination of people to bring those responsible to justice and the efforts made to find Frank’s ashes.”

On Wednesday 30 November over 150 residents joined police in a coordinated search in the hope of finding Frank’s ashes and clues that would point towards her attackers.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Rawlinson said:  “Nellie’s death has touched residents across Oldham and beyond, and I know the community are right behind the police and want to help us reunite the ashes of Nellie’s late husband with her family and to find whoever is responsible for this senseless crime.

“The support from the public has been astonishing and they are a credit to the communities in which they live.

“It was great to have so many help in our search on Wednesday and rest assured these searches are continuing by our officers who have a wealth of experience in this field.”

The attack, which happened in broad day light, and left Nellie alone in an alleyway, was just for her handbag and DCI Rawlinson continued to say they hoped that the person responsible for this attack comes forward.

Two boys aged 14 and 17 have been bailed until 9 January after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 5448 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.