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The family of a dying pensioner whose purse was stolen have urged the culprit to give himself up.

Police have described the theft from 82-year-old Irene Ditcher as a "disgusting" crime. The incident happened in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday.

The dead woman's nephew and niece said: "We cannot believe that someone has done this to our auntie. We are absolutely disgusted by this person's actions.

"Had Auntie Irene been alive she would have given them the money if they'd asked.

"We just hope their conscience gets the better of them and they hand themselves in to the police."

Officers were called to Leigh Road at 11.45am following reports that a woman had been hit by a lorry. They found her dead.

Witnesses said that after the collision a man stole her purse before leaving.

Detective Sergeant Neil Lawless said: "This is one of the most disgusting crimes I have ever investigated and I find it hard to believe someone could stoop so low to commit such a horrific offence.

"This man has taken what he sees as an easy opportunity by stealing a purse from a dying woman."

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