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Thieves try to steal the remains of Sigmund Freud

Thieves have attempted to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a cemetery in north London.

The urn containing the ashes of Freud and his wife was left badly damaged after the break in between 31 December and 1 January at Hoop Lane Cemetery in Golders Green.

Sigmund Freud Credit: Press Association

Detective Constable Daniel Candler called it a "despicable act by a callous thief".

"Even leaving aside the financial value of the irreplaceable urn and the historical significance of to whom it related; the fact that someone set out to take an object knowing it contained the last remains of a person defies belief," he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0208 733 4525 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Hoop Lane Cemetery in Golders Green Credit: Google Street View