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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April, 2005, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Twenty make Shipman jewels claims
Primrose Shipman
Primrose Shipman has asked GMP to return the jewellery
Twenty families have met a deadline to contact Greater Manchester Police over jewellery they say may have been stolen by killer GP Harold Shipman.

Friday was the final day for people to claim jewellery found in his home.

"We will examine these descriptions over the course of the next few weeks and endeavour to return any that can be identified," said police.

Families who believed the killer stole from their loved ones had to provide receipts or photographs to police.

Crime proceeds

Any items which cannot be identified will be returned to the murderer's widow, Primrose.

Police suspected he stole from some of his victims, numbering over 250, but have never been able to prove it.

Last month an MP called on the Home Secretary to stop the jewellery found in Shipman's house from being returned to his widow.

James Purnell, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, said Proceeds of Crime laws which stop criminals from keeping their profits should have been invoked.

Shipman's widow has asked Greater Manchester Police to return about 70 items, worth about 10,000.

Police have written to more than 180 victims' families asking if they could identify the haul - which includes wedding rings, necklaces and brooches.

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