Aberdeen Council issue unreserved apology after damning report into crematorium practices

Aberdeen Crematorium [PICTURE: STANLEY HOWE]
Aberdeen Crematorium [PICTURE: STANLEY HOWE]

Aberdeen City Council have issued an unreserved apology after a damning report into the practices at Aberdeen Crematorium.

The report of an investigation led by Dame Elish Angiolini, listed a catalogue of “unethical and abhorrent practices, which saw the cremation of foetuses and babies alongside unrelated and unknown adults.

Angela Scott, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council said: “On behalf of the council I want to again apologise unreservedly to those grieving families affected by the historic practices, now stopped, at Aberdeen Crematorium.

“I know that this has resulted in significant distress and I am determined to begin the process of restoring public confidence.”

The Chief Executive said that she has asked the Inspector of Crematoria Scotland to undertake an inspection of Aberdeen Crematorium in the next few days.

She will also address Full council tomorrow regarding the report.

In a statement to the City Council Ms Scott said: “I fully understand the shock and upset felt by families affected by past practices at the Crematorium and the public wish to be assured that people are held to account for those past practices.”

The report issued 13 recommendations which the Scottish Government have accepted and Lib Dem leaders have said that lessons must be learnt to protect grieving families.

Mike Rumbles, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, said: “My thoughts go out to families affected by the indefensible actions of some crematoriums. No family must ever again have to countenance not knowing where their loved ones ashes are.

Sheila Thomson, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children and Young People, said: ““This report will make harrowing reading for the hundreds of families who have been utterly failed by the appalling practices at some crematoriums.

“The failure of Aberdeen City Council to properly communicate the findings of previous reports into this scandal to staff is also worrying.”