Phone with fallen soldier’s voice message on stolen from woman in Manchester

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A MOBILE phone containing a sentimental voice message from a soldier killed in action was robbed from a woman in Gorton in Manchester.

The 27-year-old victim was walking along Textile Street at about 9am on Tuesday when two men approached and grabbed her and stole her property.

Among the items taken was a white Blackberry mobile phone that contained a voicemail and text messages sent to her from a friend who died while serving in Afghanistan.

A 500mg API pen containing adrenalin that is used to treat anaphylactic shock and another work Blackberry were also stolen.

One of the men is described as being a light-skinned black man, about 5ft 10ins tall, of average build, in his late teens to early 20s with a chunky face and short ‘afro’ hair.

The second offender is described as being mixed race with pale skin and short ‘afro’ hair. He is a similar age to the first offender and about 6ft tall.

Detective Sergeant Scott Halsall said: “The victim is understandably upset at being robbed in the street, but moreover is distraught over the theft of her Blackberry that contained irreplaceable messages that are of huge sentimental value to her.

“I want whoever is responsible for this robbery to hand it in. If it has been sold I want whoever has bought it to hand it in.

“If anyone recognises the description of the offenders or has any information that can help please get in touch.

“It is also vital that the medical pen that was stolen is returned as if used incorrectly or accidentally the consequences could prove fatal.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4468, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.