A woman from Chorley has had her purse, containing money and sentimental belongings, stolen while shopping in a supermarket.
Cris Gallagher, 60, was shopping in Asda on Bolton Street yesterday (August 2) at around 1pm when her purse was stolen from her handbag by two males who were caught on CCTV.
Cris had been shopping for her daughter Siobhan, 32, who has been shielding due to undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
The cream, pink and grey purse contained pictures of Cris' late son Brett, who passed away in 2007, along with a gold locket necklace with his ashes inside and a poem written on the back.
There was also a gold necklace inside the purse and a gold eternity ring given to Cris by her husband who passed away in 2016.
The purse also contained two credit cards, a HSBC bank card and £120, which Siobhan says was the last of her money due to being off work sick.
Cris' cards were reported to have later been used in Morrison's opposite Asda on Brooke Street.
Lancashire Police say no arrests have been made at this stage and they are appealing for further information from the public.
Cris Gallagher said: "When I had my purse stolen in Asda I had gone shopping for Siobhan, who has breast cancer and is poorly at the minute after a gruelling chemo session.
"She gave me her list and money and after finishing shopping I realised my purse had gone.
"I then remembered helping a man so while he distracted me his mate stole my purse. They then proceeded to Morrisons to spend the money. All has been captured on CCTV at both supermarkets.
"We lost about £130 but more importantly my eternity ring, gold chain and my precious locket containing my sons ashes, which can never be replaced sadly.
"If you are out and about I'd be grateful if you could keep your eyes peeled for my purse."
Cris' daughter Siobhan added: "I’ve got cancer, she's got cancer and we just don’t need this. The money was the last of my money due to being off sick from work.
"Brett's ashes are in there and I just think it’s disgusting as that locket means nothing to them.
"My mum has cancer in her eye and I’m halfway through chemo as I've got triple negative breast cancer. I had my fourth chemo on Friday just gone.
"My partner usually goes shopping with my mum but he was working. This is the first time she went on her own for me.
"The purse was taken from my mums bag. She said a man was asking her for the price of sweet corn so she bent down to have a look. On camera his friend went into her bag and took her purse.
"Honestly if we didn’t have bad luck we would have no luck. Times are hard enough."
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "We were called at 2.35pm on August 2 to reports of a theft at a supermarket on Bolton Street, Chorley, which happened just before 1pm on the same day.
"It was reported that the female victim was approached by a male who distracted her before stealing her purse.
"The purse contained a number of sentimental items, including a locket and an eternity ring, £120 cash and bank cards.
"No arrests have been made at this stage."
Anybody with information should call police on 101, quoting log 0875 of August 2, 2020.