Further 19 urns recovered from Scots funeral parlour amid probe into missing ashes

-Credit: (Image: Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record)
-Credit: (Image: Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record)


A further 19 urns have been recovered from a funeral parlour at the centre of a probe into missing ashes - including four which have yet to be identified.

Specialist officers from Police Scotland carried out searches of a branch of A Milne Funeral Directors in Springburn between May 3 and 14. The investigation came after several families reported allegations of ashes going missing, and financial misconduct.

The firm, which also had a branch in Dumbarton, no longer operates from the premises. On Tuesday, Glasgow City Council confirmed 19 ashes containers recovered during the police search of the address near Springburn Park have been handed over to them.

It comes just days after eight urns were handed over to another local authority. Four of the remains found have not yet been identified and will require further direction from the Scottish Government Inspector.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “During the clearance of a funeral director’s former premises on Balornock Road, 19 caskets of ashes were found and removed for safe keeping.

“The ashes have been returned to the crematoria where the respective cremations took place so the relevant families can be contacted and we have taken responsibility for two of the caskets with 12 going to three other crematoria.

Forensics were seen entering the funeral parlour
Forensics entering the funeral parlour -Credit:Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record

“Four caskets are as yet unidentified and we will require direction from the Scottish Government Inspector on Burials, Cremations and Funeral Directors on the approach to take with these four caskets.

“Anyone who has queries about ashes should contact the crematorium where the cremation took place. As this matter is the subject of a police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Eight containers of ashes were handed over to Argyll and Bute Council on Friday and have been returned to Cardross Crematorium and loved ones have been contacted.

Last week we told how grieving daughter Jackie Barnes was reeling from the shock that she has scattered her father’s ashes with a complete stranger instead of her mum.

Jackie Barnes scattered her mother's ashes beside her father's only to be told later the ashes belonged to someone else
Jackie Barnes scattered her mother's ashes beside her father's only to be told later the ashes belonged to someone else -Credit:Daily Record

The 57-year-old received a letter on Wednesday telling her that her mum’s ashes were at Cardross Crematorium having been found at A Milne Undertaker’s Glasgow office when police raided the premises.

But for three years Jackie, from Dumbarton, had lovingly cared for a complete stranger’s ashes moving them around her home believing them to be her late mum Margaret Rennie who died aged 74 in November 2021 of COPD.

Detective Inspector Gerry Shovlin, Clydebank CID, said: “This is a very sensitive and emotive case and we recognise the upset and distress that families have experienced.

“Our investigation has been going on for several weeks now and will continue for some time, due to the level of enquiry that will need to be followed up.

“It is a complex inquiry that involves a number of agencies, but families can be reassured that the ashes of their loved ones are a priority and will be treated with the utmost respect.”

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