Legacy Funeral Directors police update amid 'extremely complex' investigation

Police outside a branch of Legacy Independent Funeral Directors in Hull after after reports of "concern for care of the deceased".
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Humberside Police have issued an important update into the Legacy Funeral Directors investigation.

On March 6, police received a report expressing concern about the storage and management processes relating to care of the deceased at Legacy Independent Funeral Directors. Cordons were put in place at branches on Hessle Road, Anlaby Road, and in Beverley.

A man and a woman, aged 46 and 23 respectively, were arrested on suspicion of preventing a lawful burial, fraud by false representation, and abuse of position. They have since been released on bail as Humberside Police continue their investigations, reports Hull Live.

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Three months after the investigation began, Humberside Police have provided an update, confirming the formal identification process of the deceased recovered from the Hessle Road site has now been completed. Enquiries into allegations of suspected financial and fraudulent activity remain ongoing.

In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Thom McLoughlin said: “The investigation remains multifaceted and extremely complex, and I want to offer my utmost assurance we remain committed to thoroughly, and sensitively, investigating, and working with our partner agencies to ensure the families and those affected receive the help and support they need.

“We are in a position to confirm that following our work with His Majesty’s Coroner, the formal identification process of the deceased recovered from the Hessle Road site has now concluded, and each family has been contacted by their dedicated Family Liaison Officer and updated. Meetings between every family and our Senior Investigating Officer have also now taken place, where he has been able to provide a personal, investigative update to them, as understandably, families are at the core of this investigation and we want to provide them with the timely updates they desperately need and deserve.

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“To ensure the families’ wishes and privacy have been respected and to allow them time to try and process what has occurred, we made the decision to not publicly release any details of those recovered from the Hessle Road site. We maintain this position, as the devastation the families have suffered is incomprehensible and we would ask that people please refrain from speculating, as the significant impact on them cannot be understated.

“Investigations into allegations of suspected financial and fraudulent activity are continuing, with dedicated, specialist investigation teams conducting various lines of enquiry and following up on numerous leads and information. A man and a woman previously arrested in March in connection to the investigation remain on police bail as further work and enquiries continue.

“We will continue to share any developments as part of the investigation where we are able to and would encourage anyone who believes they have been affected or requires assistance to please contact Victim Support’s 24/7 independent helpline on 0808 281 1136.”