Greenwich pensioner’s husband’s ashes stolen by con man


The police are appealing for the public’s help identifying two men after a pensioner’s husband’s ashes were stolen in a burglary.

An 83-year-old woman was conned by a man who turned up at her house in Annandale Road, Greenwich, claiming to be a private plumber there to check a leak.

She allowed the man in to investigate where he spent a short time in the house including the kitchen and a bedroom.

After he had gone, the victim discovered that many items had been stolen, including three gold chains, a wedding ring, a silver band with a blue sapphire stone, £50 in cash, a bank card, Marks and Spencers vouchers and Debenhams vouchers.

A heart-shaped silver locket and a heart-shaped box, which both contained her husband’s ashes, were also missing.

Police believe that another man entered the property while the victim was distracted.

Two images are being released of men police would like to speak to as part of the investigation into the burglary.

Images of some of the stolen property are also being released.

Detective Constable Robert Costigan, the officer in the case, said: “This is a particularly harrowing crime that targeted a vulnerable member of our society.

The victim had possessions stolen that are irreplaceable and this has had a devastating effect upon her.

I ask any person with information about the identity of these two men, or any information about the burglary, to come forward and contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD4297/14SEP, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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