Police Probe Glasgow Funeral Home Over Missing Cash and Ashes

Police in Glasgow investigate A. Milne Independent Funeral Directors amid allegations of missing cash and ashes. Forensic officers search the funeral home's branch, and a disciplinary hearing is scheduled with the National Association of Funeral Directors.

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Police Probe Glasgow Funeral Home Over Missing Cash and Ashes

Police Probe Glasgow Funeral Home Over Missing Cash and Ashes

Police in Glasgow, Scotland, have launched an investigation into A. Milne Independent Funeral Directors amid allegations of missing cash and ashes. On Friday, at least five forensic officers, seen entering the funeral home's branch on Balornock Road in Springburn, wearing white boiler suits.

The investigation follows reports from families who have been waiting for their loved ones' ashes, some for as long as three years. The family of Dennis Smillie is among those still awaiting the return of their relative's remains. Other directors, family have alleged that the bodies of their loved ones were left untouched for weeks and that they were denied full refunds.

Why this matters: This investigation highlights the need for stricter regulation and oversight of the funeral industry to prevent such cases of misconduct and ensure the dignified treatment of the deceased. The outcome of this probe may lead to reforms that protect grieving families and restore trust in the industry.

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed the ongoing probe, stating, "An investigation is ongoing into the conduct of a former funeral company that had branches in Glasgow and Dumbarton with regard to the storage/return of cremated remains and allegations of financial misconduct. Enquiries are at an early stage."

The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) has revealed that A. Milne Funeral Directors is subject to a disciplinary process, with a hearing scheduled to take place. The funeral home's website is currently inaccessible, displaying an error message, and reports suggest that the business is no longer operating.

The investigation into A. Milne Independent Funeral Directors comes at a time when the funeral industry is under increased scrutiny. In recent years, there have been several high-profile cases of funeral homes mishandling remains and engaging in unethical practices. These incidents have led to calls for stricter regulation and oversight of the industry to protect grieving families and ensure the dignified treatment of the deceased.

As the investigation into A. Milne Independent Funeral Directors continues, families affected by the alleged misconduct anxiously await answers and the return of their loved ones' ashes. The outcome of the police probe and the NAFD disciplinary hearing will likely have significant implications for the future of the funeral home and may serve as a catalyst for broader reforms within the industry.