Essex

Mystery ashes abandoned on Brightlingsea promenade

Wooden box containing ashes Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Police said they did not know whether "Rupert" was a person or a much-loved pet

A box containing the ashes of someone called Rupert has been found on a seafront, prompting a police appeal for the owner to come forward.

The wooden box, which appears to have been abandoned, was found on Brightlingsea promenade in Essex earlier this month.

It is inscribed: "In loving memory of our special friend Rupert, 1978-2003."

Essex Police said they had no idea whether 25-year-old Rupert was a person or a much-loved animal.

If no-one comes forward, the force said the ashes would be interred by the police chaplain.

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