Oldham Ashes Mugging Teens No Longer Suspects

13 February 2012, 16:29

A 14 and a 17 year old arrested after the death of a widow who fought off thieves in Greater Manchester have been eliminated from her murder investigation.

79 year old Nellie Geraghty clung on to her bag during the mugging because it contained the ashes of her beloved husband Frank.

She was found unconscious but still clutching the broken bag strap following the incident in an alleyway in Oldham around midday on November 24 last year and died the next day in hospital. The ashes are still missing.

Two boys, aged 14 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of murder but will now face no further action. A 37-year-old man also detained on suspicion of murder remains on police bail.

Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ``After consultation with the CPS, both the juveniles arrested as part of this investigation have now been eliminated from our inquiries and their bail has been cancelled.

``I want to stress that both young men fully assisted with our investigation, were very co-operative and we are satisfied they had no involvement in Nellie's death.

``One man does remain on police bail and our investigation to find out who did this to Nellie will not stop until the person responsible is brought to justice. Nellie's family deserve the truth about what happened that day and we will not stop until we can give them those answers.

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