Family distraught by theft of father’s ashes

Anne Holmes with Lesley's granddaughter, Sarah Holmes
Anne Holmes with Lesley's granddaughter, Sarah Holmes

A FAMILY has been left distraught by the theft of their dad’s ashes during a break-in.

Anne Holmes, from Boothtown in Halifax, said she and rest of her family are heartbroken by the theft of the wooden box containing her father Lesley Holmes’s remains.

“It’s of no value to anyone but us,” she said.

“We just don’t want it to end up in a skip.

“We can buy a new laptop and TV between us but we can’t replace this.”

The box was taken along with a haul of other belongings during a burglary at Anne’s sister Linda’s home in Boothtown sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Ms Holmes said her sister rang up asking her to come over because she’d been burgled.

“I asked her what they had taken and she said ‘They’ve taken my dad’,” she said.

“I felt sick.”

The box is sealed and had a plaque saying ‘RIP Lesley Holmes’ and the date of his death four years ago.

The family had discussed scattering the ashes only recently but decided to keep him at the house.

The thieves also took other belongings including a laptop, TV and a handbag containing a purse and medication. They even searched the washer and drier.

“We’ve been out looking for the box,” said Miss Holmes. “We just want it back.”

Mr Holmes, who was from Pellon in Halifax, died aged 69 in 2008.

He was a driver who was fanatical about fishing and was dressed in his fishing gear in his coffin rather than a suit.

Anyone with any information about the break-in should call police via 101 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.