Pets' ashes returned after Warwickshire van theft

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The ashes of 16 pets have been returned to a pet cremation company, a week after they were stolen by thieves who took a van containing the remains.

The ashes were left on the driveway of Pet Cremation Services' (PCS) head office in Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, in the last 24 hours.

They will be returned to vets or to their owners, depending on the owners' wishes, a PCS spokesman said.

The ashes were stolen from Newbold, Rugby, Warwickshire, on 9 March.

Some of the pet owners had launched a Facebook page, appealing for the van thieves to return the remains.

"We will be checking security on all our vans to make sure there is no likelihood of this being repeated," the spokesman said.

He said Pet Cremation Services was "grateful for the heartfelt response of the public" in trying to get the pets' remains returned.

The ashes are thought to belong to pets put down at vets across the Midlands.

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