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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of the small white casket containing the ashes of Fleur Whiting which have been stolen in a burglary in Croydon, south London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. Her mother is appealing for her daughter's ashes to be returned after they were snatched from her home by burglars. See PA story POLICE Ashes. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of the small white casket containing the ashes of Fleur Whiting which have been stolen in a burglary in Croydon, south London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. Her mother is appealing for her daughter's ashes to be returned after they were snatched from her home by burglars. See PA story POLICE Ashes. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of the small white casket containing the ashes of Fleur Whiting which have been stolen in a burglary in Croydon, south London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. Her mother is appealing for her daughter's ashes to be returned after they were snatched from her home by burglars. See PA story POLICE Ashes. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A devastated mother is appealing for her daughter's ashes to be returned after they were snatched from her home.

The small white casket containing the remains of Fleur Blanshard Whiting was stolen during a burglary.

Her mother, who has not been named, came back from a long weekend away to find her house in Croydon, south London, had been ransacked and the ashes were gone.

Police said it is "likely that the burglar may have mistaken the casket for a jewellery box".

Detective Constable Gordy Ashton, investigating officer at Croydon CID, said: "The victim has been left devastated by the loss of her daughter's ashes and we are appealing for information or assistance from members of the public to bring about the return of this item and to identify those responsible."

The burglary took place Famet Close between 9am on Saturday August 8, and 7pm on Tuesday August 11.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously during this time at this location," Mr Ashton added.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who may have come across or seen a box matching the description to contact us.

"The burglar may have left the scene through Riddlesdown Common which is a vast area and used by members of the public.

"The container may have been discarded when its contents were discovered.

"I would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen the container."

The urn, engraved with Fleur Lulu Blanshard Whiting and the date of her death, May 9 2009, was taken along with jewellery and other items.

Anyone with any information can call Croydon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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