Baby's ashes stolen in Highgate burglary

Image of the box The small white box was marked with the baby's name and his date of death

A couple say they are "devastated" after the ashes of their stillborn baby were stolen in a burglary.

The small white box, containing the ashes of Oliver Ryan McElligott, was taken from his family's home in Highgate, north London, on 6 February.

Police think the burglars might have mistaken the box for a jewellery box.

Jewellery, laptops and mobile phones were stolen from the home shared by Amanda Ryan, her partner Daniel McElligott and their daughter.

Police urged anyone who saw anything suspicious between 15:00 and 17:00 GMT that day near the couple's home in Stoneleigh Terrace to come forward.

Det Con Ursula Surgenor, from the Met Police, said: "The victims have been left devastated by the loss of their baby's ashes."

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    08:22: Tube Strike announced BREAKING NEWS

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    08:16: 'Jihadi John was cold and a loner'

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    Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born UK citizen, from west London, has been named as the man in several IS videos where hostages have been beheaded.

     
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    In Catford, the A205 South Circular remains closed between Catford Hill and the Catford Gyratory following a fire in the Copperfield Pub last night. Likely to remain closed until after the morning peak.

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