Mother urges thieves to return stolen handbag containing lock of hair from daughter, who died aged 2

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A younger mom has pleaded with thieves to return a stolen purse as a result of it accommodates a “treasured” lock of hair – all she has left of her daughter who died six years in the past.

Kirsty Baldwin, 35, mentioned her bag had been grabbed from her automobile seat whereas she sat at a motorway service station close to Manchester.

Ms Baldwin’s daughter Ellie Louise died all of a sudden of bronchial pneumonia on the age of two in 2013, and she or he had stored a lock of the lady’s blonde hair contained in the purse.


“Our daughter died unexpectedly of bronchial pneumonia and the lock of hair is all we had left of her other than the garments she had the night time she died,” Ms Baldwin mentioned.

“Please, if anybody finds the lock proven within the image, please do the appropriate factor and hand it in to your nearest police station. Thanks.”

Ms Baldwin was sitting in her automobile at Birch Providers on the eastbound M62 in Higher Manchester at 10.30pm on Wednesday when thieves conspired to steal the bag.

A white man with “unkempt” hair opened her automobile door and took her purse earlier than leaping right into a automobile pushed by a “haggard wanting” white lady with darkish hair.

PC Cherie Citadel, of Greater Manchester Police’s Rochdale District, mentioned: “Theft in any circumstance is especially distressing however Kirsty and her household have been left devastated.

Picture of lock of hair shared by Baldwin household (Higher Manchester Police / household handout)

“The hair is such a treasured merchandise that can’t ever get replaced and she or he’s determined it’s returned to her. We’re hoping the offenders or whoever has any details about this theft hear this story and return the hair as quickly as attainable.”

Together with the lock of hair, the designer purse contained an iPad, a considerable amount of money in Euros and a handbag containing a memorial card.

A part of the quantity plate of the automobile, a small, darkish gray or black automobile in poor situation, is both EE55, EE54 or EE52.

Anybody who has any details about the theft ought to name police on 0161 856 8457 quoting incident quantity 2519 of 20 March 2019. Particulars may also be handed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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