Father-in-law's ashes in car stolen in Essex

A car which contained the ashes of a man's father-in-law has been stolen from a road in Essex.

Michael Savage, 29, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and his wife Mel, had travelled down to see friends in Loughton on Monday night in his BMW.

He left the car, containing presents and an urn containing the ashes, parked outside the house in Lower Park Road, when it was stolen.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Essex Police.

Mr Savage said: "We just leapt in the house as the wind was howling. We know we shouldn't have left the presents and the ashes in the car, but we just wanted a hot drink and some rest after battling down the motorway for over three hours.

"We are just sorry to all our friends' children who will have to wait several more weeks for some new presents.

"My father-in-law's ashes reside with us in our Nottinghamshire home, but he travels with us to all significant family gatherings so that he can share in the occasion."

The car was stolen between 23:00 GMT on Monday and 10:00 GMT Tuesday. The black BMW 118d has a registration of PY08 NZW.

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