Appeal after ashes found

Cemetery staff have been left puzzled after two caskets containing ashes have been found in an Ilkeston graveyard.

The small wooden caskets with plaques marked with the names ‘William’ and Lucy’ were found in a hedgerow in Park Cemtery on May 30 and are thought to contain the remains of pets.

Erewash Borough Council staff at the cemetery passed them to the bereavement services team at Bramcote Crematorium, but so far no-one has come forward to claim them.

The council has now appealed to the owner – or anyone with information – to collect them as soon as possible as they cannot be buried without proper identification.

Cllr Mike Wallis, who is responsible for cemeteries in the borough urged the owner to come forward.

He said: “We don’t know why the caskets were left in the hedgerow, but it is possible they could have been put there by someone who had found them during a house clearance, or after moving into a new home, and was unsure what to do with them.”

Anyone with information should call Kevin Browne at Bramcote on 0115 917 3842 or email