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Family 'devastated' after their mother's ashes were stolen

The family were going to scatter the ashes alongside Mrs Allen's late husband in Northern Ireland later this year. Photo: MEN Media

A family have said they are "devastated" after the ashes of their much-loved mother were stolen during a burglary.

Great-grandmother Adrienne Allen died aged 75 after an illness in May, 2016. Her ashes were being kept in the family home ahead of plans to scatter them in Northern Ireland later this year.

Now, the Allens are issuing an urgent appeal to try to secure their safe return.

We just cannot understand why these people have taken the ashes. It does not make any sense to us and is very upsetting.

I would like to appeal to anyone who sees something matching the description to contact the police at once

– Andrew Allen, son

Mrs Allen's ashes were being kept hidden in a kitchen cupboard in the home of one of her sons.

Thieves broke into the home on Dumers Lane in Bury through rear patio doors last Friday afternoon, between 1pm and 4pm.

Andrew Allen revealed the thieves also took his parents’ wedding rings in the break-in, alongside other sentimental jewellery.

He said: “But we just cannot see the point in taking the ashes. It really does not make any sense. We do not know why they have done this, unless they just did it out of spite.

“My mum and dad had a large family and it’s distressing for everyone."

Adrienne Allen was a "much loved" mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Credit: MEN Media

The family were going to scatter the ashes alongside Mrs Allen's late husband.

Police in Bury are investigating, but fear the clear plastic container the ashes were kept it could have been thrown away when the thieves realised what they had stolen.