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Heartless thief snatches dead daughter’s wallet during home raid – father left devastated

By Dean Wilkins

A gutless thief has left a father heartbroken after stealing his dead daughter’s wallet in Greater Manchester on Tuesday.

Mark Shaw, 52, of Hallworthy Close, Leigh, was distraught after he discovered that his house had been broken into in the early hours of September 4.

His home was searched as and thieves stole his 12-year-old daughter’s purse filled with sentimental values – she tragically died of Cystic Fibrosis nine years ago.

Detective Constable Zoe Sajewicz, from the Volume Crime Team, said: “This is a truly heart-breaking crime that has left the family deeply upset.

“These items are of great sentimental value to the victim and he is desperate for their safe return. They are irreplaceable and a constant reminder of his daughter who would have turned 21 this year.

Items inside the girl’s wallet included a piece of paper with drawings of animals and a Buddha from his daughter, a nappy pin that had been used on his daughter when she was a baby, a small silver and jade Buddha figurine and an English penny dated 1919 that had been given to the victim by his Granddad.

Detective Constable Sajewicz added: “It is likely the offenders did not realise what was in the wallet and just took it. I am appealing directly to them to search their conscious and do the right thing by returning the wallet.

“Anyone who may have seen the possessions similar to the ones described or a discarded ‘Fat Face’ wallet, I would urge you to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7249 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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