Woman caught stealing from floral tribute

A THIEF is caught on camera stealing floral tributes to a young Wigan woman killed in a road smash.

Footage filmed by an appalled witness shows the woman rifling through bouquets left at a roadside shrine to 20-year-old Megan Hoskins in Pemberton before helping herself to flowers.

The thief was spotted wheeling a bicycle up to the scene in Ormskirk Road where Megan died earlier this month, after a late-night altercation, and surveying all the bunches and sprays left there as a memorial.

She then, brazenly, spent up to 15 minutes picking out her preferred blooms, even stealing a piece of ribbon to tie them up for her own customised bouquet before making her getaway in the direction of Orrell.

The heartless thief disgusted the resident who filmed the incident.

Natalie Wood, 28, said: “I was just horrified. I can’t believe anyone would stoop so low as to do such a thing.

A woman stealing tribute flowers left for Megan Hoskins on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton

A woman stealing tribute flowers left for Megan Hoskins on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton

“It was horrific. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it. To steal anything is wrong but it’s another thing entirely to steal from someone who’s died. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful.

“A girl has died in horrific circumstances and people have left those flowers there as tributes, it’s just so disrespectful for her to rifle through them and take flowers.”

Natalie said she was returning from work at around 6.30pm on Friday when she saw the woman and suspected instantly she was not a mourner drawn to the site to pay her respects.

The offender used her bicycle, which had several plastic bags of shopping slung over the handlebars, to obstruct the view of what she was doing from passers-by, and can also be seen furtively checking up and down the road several times while continuing to pilfer.

She initially began rifling through the flowers left at ground level but also stretched up to pick through the cards and blooms which had been placed in the hedge and even helped herself to a bit of pink ribbon to complete her ill-gotten creation.

Natalie said: “She had the bicycle in front of her the entire time and really struggled to put the bouquet together. I could tell something wasn’t right by the way she didn’t leave the bicycle to look at the notes and flowers.

Natalie has now informed Greater Manchester Police of the incident and the theft has been logged.

Care worker Megan died after a collision with two taxis near the former Carnegie Library building in the early hours of Sunday July 20.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her manslaughter and is currently on bail pending further inquiries.

An inquest into her death was also opened at Bolton Coroner’s Court but has now been adjourned.