Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Burglar returns ashes found in stolen car

A burglar has returned a woman's ashes within hours of breaking into her daughter's home and stealing her car.

Hampshire Police said the burglary happened on Hayling Island overnight on 18 April between 22:30 BST and 06:00 BST.

The burglar took a handbag, a set of car keys, and an Audi Quattro S3 worth £30,000.

The urn containing the ashes - which was in the car - was later left outside the woman's back door.

Det Con Jamie Fagan said: "The ashes of the lady's late mother were carefully left outside the back door.

"Whoever is responsible may have returned at a different time to do this after the burglary had taken place."

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