Police appeal after ashes of baby stolen in burglary

A couple whose baby's ashes were stolen during a burglary have appealed for their return.

Victims 'left devastated' after theft of baby's ashes

A couple have been "left devastated" after their baby's ashes were stolen during a burglary at their home.

The small white casket containing the ashes of Oliver Ryan McElligott was stolen along with laptops, mobile phones and jewellery in the incident in February.

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 should call 101 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Ashes of baby stolen during house burglary

A couple whose baby's ashes were stolen during a burglary have appealed for their return.

The casket was clearly marked with the baby boy's name. Credit: Met Police

The small white casket containing the ashes of Oliver Ryan McElligott, who was stillborn, was stolen from the home of his parents, Amanda Ryan and Daniel McElligott, in Stoneleigh Terrace, N19 on Thursday 6 February.

Police said they believe the burglar may have mistaken the small white box - which was clearly marked with the baby boy's name and the date of his death - for a jewellery box.

The casket was taken along with laptops, mobile phones and jewellery.

Advertisement