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article imageThieves allegedly rob woman on video as she lay dying on street

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 19, 2011 in World
Greater Manchester police have released a CCTV video of two suspects wanted for questioning after they were seen riding bicycles past a woman who collapsed in the street and then approached her from another angle out of the view of the security camera.
Lindsay Plumb, 47, of Temple Road, collapsed after leaving a pub near her home in Sale, just outside of Manchester, England. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) reports say Plumb and her husband Andrew had been drinking at the Legh Arms Public House on Northenden Road, Sale Moor.
Her husband had reportedly left the pub to go for fish and chips early that night. When he realized she wasn't with him he went looking for her. He first went to their home and when he didn't find her he returned to the area where he had last seen her and found her in an alleyway, reports the BBC.
Plumb was found unconscious in the middle of Hampson Street, according to police reports. The ambulance service reports receiving a call from Mr. Plumb at 12:50 am and records show they transported her to Wythenshawe Hospital where she later died. The GMP were notified of the incident and medical situation at 2:30 am.
Later at the hospital police detectives and Mr. Plumb realized her handbag was missing along with a silver Nokia phone and other items of a personal nature. The Manchester Evening News reports the handbag was not there when the paramedics arrived on the scene.
The surveillance video shows two individuals, presumably male, riding past the woman on bicycles then stopping and watching her then approaching her from an angle slightly out of view of the CCTV camera. The Manchester Evening News reports: "The CCTV video of the two cyclists is time-stamped at 12.38 am, just a few minutes before Lindsay was found by her husband."
Detective Inspector Frank Morris, of Stretford CID, said in the police statement: "We really want to hear from the two people in the CCTV images. They were seen to approach Lindsay as she lay on the ground, but the CCTV does not show what happened next. It's possible that someone came across the handbag and has yet to hand it into police. However, I will be absolutely appalled if came across a collapsed woman in the street and, instead of going to her aid, decided to steal her handbag."
"I'm sure that every right thinking member of the community and even members of the criminal fraternity will be appalled by such disgraceful behaviour," said Morris. " I now want people to study this footage and tell us if they know those in it."
Police have also reported: "A post-mortem examination has proved inconclusive but ruled injuries to the side of her face were consistent with a fall or push. The death continues to be investigated but it is not thought to be suspicious."
The Plumb family released a short statement through the Greater Manchester Police Department. They described Plumb as "A devoted wife, mum, sister and friend who will be greatly missed by all. We want to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time, we are overwhelmed by people's kindness."
Anyone with information is asked to call West Didsbury CID on 0161 856 6145 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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