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Appeal issued after baby's ashes stolen during burglary

PUBLISHED: 14:11 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:11 28 March 2014

The box containing the baby's ashes would have looked like this

The box containing the baby's ashes would have looked like this

Archant

A couple whose baby's ashes were stolen during a house burglary have pleaded for them to be returned.

Burglars broke into the home of Amanda Ryan and Daniel McElligott in Stoneleigh Terrace on the Whittington Estate and stole a small white casket containing the ashes of their stillborn son, along with jewellery, laptops and mobile phones.

The small white box was clearly marked with the baby boy’s name, Oliver Ryan McElligott, and the date of his death, July 19 2011. It is thought that the burglar may have mistaken it for a jewellery box.

The burglary took place on Thursday, February 6.

Investigating officer DC Ursula Surgenor of Camden CID said: “The victims have been left devastated by the loss of their baby’s ashes and we are appealing for any information or assistance from members of the public to bring about its return and to catch those responsible.

“The burglary took place between 1500 hrs and 1700 hrs on Thursday 6 February and we would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything or seen anyone acting suspiciously during this time, at this location. We would also like to hear from anyone who may have come across or seen a box matching the description to contact us.”

Anyone with information please call 101, alternatively to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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