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Plea to find thief who stole from a dying pensioner

A family has appeal for help after a shocking theft from an 82-year-old woman as she lay dying after a road accident in Leigh.

Irene Ditcher had her purse stolen after a collision with a lorry.

The police officer in charge described it as one of the most disgusting crimes he'd ever investigated.

Irene's niece, Christine, is urging whoever was responsible to give themselves up.

Tim Scott reports:


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Dying mum was 'over the moon' that she said goodbye to her horse

The daughter of a woman who succumbed to cancer has told Good Morning Britain how her mother was "over the moon" that she could say goodbye to her beloved horse.

Sheila Marsh, 77, passed away just hours after nurses agreed she could be taken outside Wigan Royal Infirmary to say goodbye to her horse Bronwen.

It had been her dying wish to say goodbye to her horse, who she had looked after for 25 years.

Deputy director of nursing at the hospital, Pauline Law, said her "heart jumped into action" when she was first asked to see if Mrs Marsh could say goodbye to Bronwen.

Luckily, the team had a "perfectly choreographed plan" that helped Mrs Marsh fulfil her dying wish.

Her daughter Tina said her mother has "over the moon" and "clear as day shouting Bronwen's name".

Daughter 'crying her eyes out' as mum says final farewell to beloved horse

The daughter of a woman who was visited by her beloved horse at hospital just hours before she died, says she was "crying her eyes out" as the two were reunited.

Shelia Marsh was visited by Bronwen hours before she died Credit: Andrew Foster

Shelia Marsh was allowed to see her horse Bronwen at Wigan Wrightington and Leigh Hospital. She lost her life to cancer just hours later.

Her daughter Tina Marsh, 33, told the Manchester Evening News, her mum’s hospital bed was wheeled outside for the meeting. She said: “I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment.”

Tina said: “She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.

“Her condition did not get any better and the hospital allowed us to bring Bronwen in. It was a matter of hours later that she passed away. I want to thank the hospital and all the nurses.

“It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.”

Tributes following the death of Leigh Centurions legend

Dick Breare was Leigh Centurions' second oldest surviving player Credit: Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions has led the tributes following the death of the club's oldest surviving player, Dick Breare.

Mr Breare, who was 93, first played the for the Rugby League club in October 1939. He died suddenly on Sunday.

He served in the Royal Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic and on D-Day and returned to the sport after the Second World War,

He went on to make 69 appearances for Leigh, scoring 4 tries and kicking 86 goals, enjoying a good run in the first team during the 1950-51 season, when he scored two tries and kicked 53 goals in 27 games.

Mr Breare finished his professional career with a spell at Widnes after a £300 transfer in November 1952, kicking five goals in seven games before hanging up his boots.

The club said he continued to take a great interest in the Leigh club and lived locally.

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