Detectives are offering a £50,000 reward for information after an elderly woman died following a violent robbery where her wedding ring was snatched from her finger.
Eileen Blane, 87, was in her home on Castleton Avenue, Stretford at about 3pm on Friday, 3 February 2017 when a man forced his way into the house.
He knocked her to the floor and hit her with an unknown object while demanding cash and jewellery.
He then forcibly stole her wedding ring from her finger.
While he ransacked upstairs she bravely managed to escape and alerted her neighbours.
She was treated by paramedics on the night for bruises over her face and head but was taken to hospital the following Tuesday (7 February 2017) after her health deteriorated and was found to have sustained a number of broken ribs and internal injuries.
Eileen was discharged from hospital to continue her recovery at home but never returned to full health. Prior to the attack she was an active woman however the incident left her bedridden.
On Saturday 1 April Eileen was sadly found dead at her home address.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the robbery; however police are now offering a £50,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the successful conviction of the offender.
The offender is described as:
- About 5ft 8ins
- Slim build
- Wearing a dark coloured jacket with the hood covering his face
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Eales of GMP’s Major Incident Team said:
- Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 9283 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.