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HULL HELPLESS AS WIDOW SEEKS RETURN OF ASHES

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Hull City Council refuse department was last week asked to find the ashes of a woman's husband after they were mist...
Hull City Council refuse department was last week asked to find the ashes of a woman's husband after they were mistakenly dropped into a council wheelie bin.

Distraught Jean Carberry had put the urn of ashes into a bag for cleaning, but she mistakenly put this into the bin with rubbish bags.

Refuse manager Bill Oakley said: 'Sadly she contacted us too late. We had no chance to retrieve the ashes among the 600 tonnes of rubbish from the 150 lorry movements we have every day.'

Mrs Carberry wanted to visit the council's landfill site at Humberfield quarry. The council had to explain that the urn would first have been crushed and baled at its Wilmington transfer site before reaching Humberfield.

Mr Oakley said: 'We get all sorts of items being mistakenly put out for collection but this is the first tragic case we've had to deal with.'

He said it was not unheard of for people to visit landfill sites, but an increase in the baling of rubbish made it almost impossible to find anything.

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