Thieves have stolen the ashes of a 91-year-old war veteran from the boot of a car.
Fred Cooke died after suffering with dementia and his loved ones intended to scatter his ashes in the same resting place as his late wife Margaret.
The family, including his 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, planned to hold a special service at Denton Cemetery.
While they waited for a new memorial stone to be engraved, Fred’s daughter Gail Dillon kept the ashes in the boot of her car for safekeeping.
But after a holiday in Cornwall, Gail returned to find the ashes and the wooden box had been stolen.
Nothing else was taken.
Gail added “I feel terrible. I just want the ashes back, they mean so much to all the family.
“I have no idea who might have done this. I think it must be kids, I can’t see an adult doing this. “
Andrew Dillon, one of Fred’s grandchildren, said the family had been badly shaken by the theft.