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Ashes in Legacy Funeral Directors scandal ‘cannot be recognized’ by police

Police say they’ve did not establish any of the human ashes recovered from a funeral agency on the centre of a cremation scandal.

Legacy Independent Funeral Directors in Hull was raided by officers final month after considerations had been raised over care of the deceased. Some 35 our bodies and “suspected human ashes” had been faraway from considered one of its three branches, with a person aged 46 and 23-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of fraud and stopping a correct burial.

Assistant Chief Constable Thom McLoughlin stated that Humberside Police have been working intently with forensic scientists and specialists to evaluate whether or not it was attainable to extract DNA from the human ashes in an effort to establish them.

But, the officer added that “given the temperature needed for a cremation the DNA will have been broken down and degraded to such a level that we will not have been able to recover a meaningful DNA profile”.



Legacy Independent Funeral Directors was raided by officers last month
Legacy Independent Funeral Directors was raided by officers final month

He continued: “This means that we are unable to attribute any of the human ashes, or identify them.

“This will, in fact, be devastating information for households and family members and you’ve got my heartfelt condolences at this actually tough time.”

Assistant Chief Constable McLoughlin also paid tribute to the deceased, as well as their grief-stricken loved ones who he said have “acted with dignity and persistence”.

“This is a lengthy process that has to follow the Coroner’s regulations, but when complete will provide families with complete assurance as to the identity of their loved ones and repatriation with their families,” he added.

Police beforehand confirmed all 35 our bodies faraway from the department in Hull have been recognized, whereas a helpline arrange for fearful members of the general public is alleged to have now acquired greater than 2,000 calls.



Police outside Legacy Independent Funeral Directors, Hessle Road, Hull
Police exterior Legacy Independent Funeral Directors, Hessle Road, Hull

The man and girl arrested in connection in the meantime stay on bail underneath investigation practically one month on.

Mourners allege they had been advised their family members had been cremated when their our bodies remained within the mortuary.

Reports declare at the least one individual made an merchandise of jewelry with the stays however has questioned whether or not they’re authentic. They advised the Mirror: “All families that ever had any dealings with this company are worried.”

Richard Shaw used the agency for spouse Rita’s cremation in October 2023. On Friday, he realized his spouse’s ashes had been present in a mortuary.

He advised the BBC that his spouse “would be going absolutely mad”.



(left to right) Director of Public Health at Hull City Council Julia Weldon, Assistant Chief Constable Thom McLoughlin, and Director of Housing, Transportation, and Public Protection at East Riding of Yorkshire Council Angela Dearing
(left to proper) Director of Public Health at Hull City Council Julia Weldon, Assistant Chief Constable Thom McLoughlin, and Director of Housing, Transportation, and Public Protection at East Riding of Yorkshire Council Angela Dearing

“If the boot was on the other foot, if it was me [whose ashes had been found], she would be going crackers,” he stated.

Gary Dean’s household used the agency for his mom Joan’s funeral in December 2022, and his household had been later given urns containing what they thought had been her ashes.

Mr Dean stated, after contacting the helpline, that he came upon he had another person’s ashes. He advised the BBC: “Police rang me to say, ‘We have your mum’s ashes, still in a sealed brown paper bag.’ It had our mum’s name on it.”

One different girl who’s uncertain of the legitimacy of the ashes she has been given stated: “I’m thinking about opening it to see if anything is in it.”

Leila Parker Poland, 35, stated: “I am convinced they lost my mum’s ashes.”

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