A son has made an appeal for thieves to return his father's ashes, which were stolen when his empty house in Melksham was burgled.
George Tye, an 89-year-old widower, died in 2011. He had lived in Sarum Avenue for about 20 years. He was a civil servant at the Ministry of Defence after military service in the Royal Navy.
His son Charles, who lives in the United States, has been visiting his father’s home to clear his belongings.
The ashes were being kept in two cardboard tubes within a hessian bag on the hearth next to the spot where his father liked to sit. They were to be scattered in two locations – at Paisley in Scotland, where the remains of his mother were laid to rest, and at sea, to honour Mr Tye Senior’s Royal Navy career.
At some time between Sunday and Thursday burglars broke in and escaped with the hessian bag together with three bottles of whisky, which were intended as a gift for a neighbour.
Police officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries and searched the surrounding area, but there is no sign of the bag or the cardboard tubes.
The bag has two white handles at the top and a small red flower in the bottom corner. The cardboard tubes have metal stoppers.