Three funeral directors cordoned off after ‘concern for care of deceased’

Humberside Police said they received a report in relation to Legacy Independent Funeral Directors on Wednesday.

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Police have cordoned off three branches of a funeral director after reports of “concern for care of the deceased”.

Humberside Police said they received a report in relation to Legacy Independent Funeral Directors on Wednesday.

There is a police presence at the company’s three branches in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Residents reported police outside Legacy Funeral Directors in Anlaby Road and Hessle Road, both in Hull, at about 3am on Thursday, Hull Live reported.

Officers remain at both branches, as well as one in Beverley.

A Humberside Police spokesman said inquiries have been carried out into the details, and into whether any criminal offences have been committed.

A direct line has been set up for anyone who may be affected

Detective chief superintendent Simon Gawthorpe said: “Whilst we are in the very early stages of our investigation, I completely understand this information will be of concern to a number of families and individuals who have lost loved ones and have utilised the services of this business.

“We have already been in contact with a number of people as part of our investigation and working closely with His Majesty’s coroner, Hull City Council and East Riding Council to establish the facts.

“I would encourage anyone to please call us, as we are very mindful of the distress this may cause.

“A direct telephone line has been established for anyone who is worried or wants to speak to us about Legacy Independent Funeral Directors.

“The number you can call is 0800 051 4674, or if you’re calling from abroad please call 0207 126 7619.”

Information can also be submitted through the major incident portal online.

Mr Gawthorpe added: “As we continue our inquiries to understand the precise nature of what may have occurred and if any criminal offences have taken place, I would please ask people to be respectful and refrain from speculation, as at the core of this investigation will potentially be heartbroken and devastated families and loved ones and we want to provide them with the consideration and support they need and are fully entitled to.”

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