Thief returns stolen ashes

Samantha Randle shows where the pot was taken from in front of her house on Fisher Street, Blackpool

Samantha Randle shows where the pot was taken from in front of her house on Fisher Street, Blackpool

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IT’S not often someone thanks a thief.

But Samantha Randle has issued a heartfelt thanks to the people who returned a stolen planter to her home – not least because it contained the ashes of her mum, Sylvia Shaw, grandad Frank Hatton and grandmother Eva Hatton.

Mrs Randle discovered the planter placed behind the wall of her Fisher Street home the day after she made an emotional plea for its return in The Gazette on Monday.

The mum of three said: “Thankfully it has been returned intact.

“I found it put behind my wall yesterday morning and now it’s back next to my front door where it should be.

“I’d just like to say thank you to whoever returned it.

“I think they must have seen the story in The Gazette and it’s tugged a few heart strings when they realised there was more than just a bush in it.”

Mrs Randle, 43, has now told police the planter has been returned. It’s thought the thieves struck between 3am and 8am on Friday last week.

Devastated, Mrs Randle appealed to the thieves through The Gazette. She said: “My grandma had lots of pots in her garden and when my grandad died she put his ashes in one.

“Then, when my mum died, she put her ashes in and my grandma requested she be put in too after she died.

“She had it outside her front door, and she requested I put it outside my front door so they are not forgotten.”

The family marks the anniversary of their relatives’ deaths by putting floral tributes around the pot.

Now restored in its rightful place, Mrs Randle said she was happy to let the matter lie. She added: “I didn’t want to prosecute anyone – I just wanted it back. I’ve informed the police that it has been returned.”

It’s thought more than one person was involved in the planter’s disappearance due to its weight.