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Three funeral parlours in Yorkshire raided by police over ‘concern for care of deceased’

Police have raided funeral parlours across Yorkshire over “concerns for the care of the deceased”.

Humberside Police said on Friday that there remains a police presence at three branches of Legacy Independent Funeral Directors in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Residents reported officers outside the company in Anlaby Road and Hessle Road, both in Hull, at about 3am on Thursday, Hull Live reported.

It came after police became aware of a report on Wednesday evening in relation to both locations as well as one more branch in Beverley.

The force said it has since carried out “numerous” enquiries and been in contact with “a number” of people as its investigation continues.

It has asked members of the public not to speculate about the enquiries.

Officers added police are working closely with coroners, Hull City Council and East Riding Council.

Detective chief superintendent Simon Gawthorpe said: “While we are in the very early stages of our investigation, I completely understand this information will be of concern to a number of families and individuals who have lost loved ones and have utilised the services of this business.”

He added: “As we continue our enquiries to understand the precise nature of what may have occurred and if any criminal offences have taken place, I would please ask people to be respectful and refrain from speculation, as at the core of this investigation will potentially be heartbroken and devastated families and loved ones and we want to provide them with the consideration and support they need and are fully entitled to.”

Police said a direct telephone line has been established for anyone who is worried or wants to speak to them about Legacy Independent Funeral Directors. Call 0800 051 4674 from the UK, or 0207 126 7619 from abroad.