Manchester

Dukinfield funeral directors fraud probe: Ashes seized

Human ashes have been seized by police investigating an alleged fraud at a Greater Manchester funeral directors.

The cremated remains were found by officers searching Murrays Funeral Directors, on Cheetham Hill Road, Dukinfield on Wednesday.

Police officers, accompanied by trading standards officers, executed a warrant over alleged consumer protection, fraud and financial offences.

Tameside Council is in the process of contacting affected families.

Secure storage

Greater Manchester Police said it was normal practice for cremated remains to be kept at funeral directors.

Those found at the property have been handed to Tameside Council which has placed them in secure storage at Dukinfield Crematorium.

Police also gave documents and property related to the business to the authority.

Tameside Council has started identifying the next of kin and said it would contact all affected families over the next few days.

Anyone with concerns should contact Tameside Council's bereavement services on 0161 344 0181.

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