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Wallet with sentimental letter and photo stolen
Thursday 7th November, 2013

A wallet containing a letter and a photo of a man’s deceased wife has been stolen in a robbery.

Shortly after 5pm on Wednesday 6 November 2013, a man went into a house on Stopforth Street in Wigan which was unlocked.

He approached an 86-year-old man who was sat in his living room and demanded money. He pushed the victim to the floor and rifled through his pockets. He took his wallet and fled the house.

The victim was shaken but not injured.

The offender was wearing dark clothing and had a balaclava covering his face.

Detective Constable Kevin Telford said: “While there was no cash in the wallet, there was a photograph and a letter which he wrote to his wife just before she died 16 years ago. He has carried the letter and photo of his wife around with him in this wallet since she died so it is of great sentimental value to him.

“It’s likely the wallet has been discarded now so we are appealing to the community to get in touch if they come across the wallet so we can return it to him.

“We are also urging anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen the offender to get in contact.

“We would remind the community to keep all external doors and windows locked, whether you’re at home or not, and keep all keys hidden out of sight and well away from external doors and ground floor windows.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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