Baby ashes: Police called in to investigate Mortonhall crematorium

Police have been asked to investigate a crematorium which buried the ashes of babies without their parents’ knowledge.

The City of Edinburgh Council launched an investigation into the practice, which saw babies’ remains buried in the garden of remembrance at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Instead of being offered the ashes, parents were told there was nothing to collect. The situation was discovered by child bereavement charity Sands Lothians.

On Friday, Lothian and Borders Police said they had received two complaints from parents about the crematorium.

A spokesman said: "Lothian and Borders Police has received two complaints in relation to Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh.

"The complaints will be thoroughly assessed in order to determine whether any further police action is appropriate."

Initial findings from a report by the City of Edinburgh Council suggested there may have been "variations in practice" throughout Scotland.

Chief executive Sue Bruce will continue liaising with the Scottish Government on issues arising which "may have wider significance nationally".

The council have set up a phone line for anyone with concerns on 0131 200 2383.

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