Abridge widower’s heartbreak as wife’s ashes are stolen

A widower has been left heartbroken after callous burglars stole his wife’s ashes.

Thieves broke into 93-year-old Eric Doubleday’s home in London Road, Abridge, while he was asleep at about 5am on Sunday April 11.

They stole a number of items including a mahogany wooden box containing his 91-year-old wife Doris’ ashes, with a plaque on the lid that reads: ‘Doris Marie Doubleday 1930-2021’.

The couple’s granddaughter, Ella Terry, said: “My grandparents had been married for over 70 years.

“We only lost my nan in February this year so to now have had her ashes stolen is even more heartbreaking.

“The other items stolen were just material things.

“Obviously we would like to get everything back, but if we could choose only one, it would be nan’s ashes.

“This has broken my grandad’s heart, along with all of us as a family.

PC Thomas Tod said: “To do this to a family who are already grieving is devastating and cruel.

“We are progressing our enquiries and will do everything we can to bring people to justice.

“I urge anyone who saw or heard anything in the area at the time, or has any information, to please contact us.”

Please contact Loughton CID quoting reference 42/65250/21.

You can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Alternatively, you can call 101.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org

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Mick Ferris

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