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Thieves steal ashes from Burnley family
2:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Burnley
A FAMILY has been left heartbroken after burglars broke into their home in Burnley and stole the ashes of a 91-year-old grandfather.
Claire Wynn returned to her home after the break to find a mahogany casket, containing the last remains of John Clarkson, was missing.
Mrs Wynn, 37, said: “It’s heartbreaking and upsetting knowing someone has been in your house, but to take my grandfather’s ashes who was only put to rest eight months ago is soul-destroying and it’s really upset my family.
“No words can describe how we all feel right now. I just hope someone has a conscious and feelings and realise what they are and to return them back to where they belong and that’s with the loving family of the late Mr John Clarkson.”
Intruders are thought to have broken into the Brownhill Avenue property through a kitchen window between 6pm on Thursday, October 3, and 6pm the following day.
They also stole an iPhone 4, X-Box console, stereo system, DVD player and tablet computer as well as the ashes and a gold masonic steward’s medal, which belonged to another grandfather.
PC Nicola Heap, of Burnley Police, said: “This must be heart-breaking for the family. Finding out you have been burgled is bad enough, but to have something of this sentimental value taken makes it so much worse.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to get in touch. I’d even appeal directly to the burglars themselves to do the right thing and return these items as they may not have realised what they had taken.”
Possible witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log number 1253 of October 4.
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