‘My mum’s ashes stolen by the lowest of the low’

Alan Mason Queens Court Chesterfield.Alan Mason of Queens Court Chesterfield  whose home was broken into.
Alan Mason Queens Court Chesterfield.Alan Mason of Queens Court Chesterfield whose home was broken into.
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A SICK burglar who stole an urn containing a dead pensioner’s ashes has been branded the ‘lowest of the low’.

The culprit, who is being hunted by police, swiped the urn containing the ashes of 80-year-old Doris Mason, who died two-and-a-half years ago.

Her devastated son Alan Mason, aged 55, discovered the break-in when he returned home from an evening shift as a security guard.

He said: “I feel as bad now as I did when my mum died,” he said.

“Whoever did this is the lowest of the low – how low do you have to sink to steal an urn?

“It was obvious what it was because it was right next to a picture of my mum.”

Mr Mason said his whole flat was completely ransacked.

The intruder also stole jewellery, cash and a television.

“I can’t describe how I feel. It is just going round and round in my head – I have lost interest in everything since this, to think that somebody would do this to me,” he said.

“The flat was a real mess – they had gone through absolutely everything, even the airing cupboard and my underwear. They smashed the drawers on my bed to pull them out too.

“Everything I work for has gone, I don’t think I will ever get over it.”

Alan lost five watches in the break-in, plus four rings and three bracelets.

Tins of loose change and £300 in notes in the flat on Queens Court, Queen Street, Chesterfield, were also taken.

The urn is 4ins tall and has a screw-on lid. It is silver with an engraved pattern design.

n Anyone with information about the urn or break-in between 3.45pm on January 14 and 10.50am the next day, should call Chesterfield Volume Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.