A devastated mother has made an emotional appeal to return a lock of hair belonging to her young daughter, who died six years ago.
Kirsty Baldwin, 35, said the snip of blonde hair was all the family had left of two-year-old Ellie Louise, who suddenly passed away of bronchial pneumonia in 2013.
The precious strand was inside Kirsty’s handbag which was snatched from her car at Birch Services in Middleton, Greater Mancs., on the M62.
The designer handbag also contained a memorial card for Ellie, an iPad, purse, and a large number of euros.
Kirsty is now appealing for the thieves to “do the right thing” and hand the lock of hair into a police station.
In an emotional appeal released by Greater Manchester Police, Kirsty said: “Our daughter died unexpectedly of bronchial pneumonia and the lock of hair is all we had left of her apart from the clothes she had the night she died.
“Please, if anyone finds the lock shown in the picture, please do the right thing and hand it into your nearest police station. Thank you.”
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Kirsty had stopped for a coffee on her way home from Manchester Airport at the eastbound services near junction 19 when she was robbed at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.
She got into her car but before she was able to lock her doors or drive away, a man opened the passenger door and took the handbag which was on the seat next to her.
He then got into another car, with a woman at the driving seat, and drove away from the services.
Part of the number plate of the car, which is described as a small, dark grey/black vehicle in poor condition, is either EE55, EE54 or EE52.
The man is described as white with unkempt hair.
The woman in the getaway car is also described as white, between 40 and 50-years-old, with long, dark hair, which was tied up.
She’s further described as being around 5ft 7in tall and haggard looking.
PC Cherie Castle added: “Robbery in any circumstance is particularly distressing but Kirsty and her family have been left devastated.
“The hair is such a precious item that cannot ever be placed and she’s desperate it’s returned to her.
“We’re hoping the offenders or whoever has any information about this robbery hear this story and return the hair as soon as possible.”
Anyone who has any information about the robbery should call police on 0161 856 8457 quoting incident number 2519 of 20/03/19.