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FAMILY BURGLED AS THEY MOURN GRAN; Callous thief strikes at woman's home.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON

A CALLOUS thief burgled an Almondbury woman's home - on the day she died.

Police and relatives have been sickened by the break-in at Mrs Marian McNab's home.

And they labelled the thief - who was disturbed by Mrs McNab's son - as "the lowest of the low".

The burglar struck just hours after the 89-year-old widow died in the house that had been home all her life.

She was born in the house in Longcroft when it was owned by her father, and she remained living there all her life.

Widow Mrs McNab died about 5am on Saturday after a short illness and the thief struck about 11.30pm on Saturday night.

But he fled when he woke Mr Paul McNab, who was asleep in bed upstairs.

Mr McNab, 53, is suffering from pancreatitis but managed to wrench out his feeding tube and got out of bed to shout at the thief when he spotted him on the landing.

His son, Jonathan, said: "It is so sickening.

"We believe someone must have known my gran had just died.

"She had lived in that house 89 years but was burgled last year, when a thief stole about pounds 600 she had saved up from her pension.

"This time, all he got away with was a small amount of cash and some of my dad's medication. But we can just imagine what might have happened had he challenged my dad instead of running away and getting out of the window he had broken.

"Whoever did this is the scum of the earth. It is sickening to think that someone can stoop so low."

Mrs McNab, who lost her husband Harry many years ago, was well-respec-teby many of her neighbours in Longcroft.

She retired more than 20 years ago after spending most of her life working at the Huddersfield town centre premises of dental manufacturers Metrodent.

Jonathan McNab said: "We don't yet know how she died, although she had been a little unwell for a short time.

"It is just so awful to think that her home, the home she lived in all her life, can be burgled as we are mourning her death."

Det Con Russ Conlon, of Huddersfield Police, said: "It really is a despicable crime.

"If the person who did this did so knowing that the old lady had only just passed away, it really is the lowest of the low."

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The suspect was said to be a man of slim build about 6 feet tall, wearing a grey top, a grey woollen hat and dark trousers.

He escaped through a lounge window that he had broken.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Sally Dale on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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* HAPPIER DAYS: Marian McNab and her late husband Harry on their wedding day. Above, Longcroft in Almondbury
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2009
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