Courier launches appeal to get Halifax family their dad’s ashes back

Anne Holmes with her niece Sarah Holmes and Lesley's grandson's fiancee Bethany Rooney
Anne Holmes with her niece Sarah Holmes and Lesley's grandson's fiancee Bethany Rooney

THE Courier is today launching an appeal to get a family the ashes of their father back.

We reported on Wednesday how relatives of Lesley Holmes have been left heartbroken by the theft of the grandfather’s remains during a break-in.

We are urging the person who has them to give them back.

The ashes - which are in a wooden box which is sealed and has a plaque saying RIP Lesley Holmes and the date of his death four years ago - can be handed in to the Courier office on King Cross Street.

Alternatively, anyone who knows where they are can ring 01422 260225 or email

Anne Holmes, from Boothtown in Halifax, said news of the theft has been spreading across social networking sites.

“People are disgusted,” she said. “They’re saying how low can people go?”

“I just feel sick because I know someone knows and has him in their hands.

“I just keep thinking where have they put him?

“He might as well have died again. This is what we had left of him and it’s been taken.

“The people who have got him must know by now that they have. Give them back.”

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

He was a driver and an avid angler.

Detectives are investigating the break-in, at Linda’s sister Linda’s home in Boothtown, which happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Detective Inspector Ash Hewitt from Calderdale CID urged anyone who has information to get in touch.

“It’s a traumatic situation for these relatives and they won’t be able to move the ashes are returned,” he said.

Anyone who can help with the police’s investigation should call them via 101 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.