Burglar sorry for stealing veteran's ashes

Sarah Coles

A burglar who stole the ashes of a Royal Navy war veteran, and threw them away, has apologised. He was jailed for 20 months, but wrote a letter to the dead man's family, saying that he didn't think the sentence was long enough. He then offered them the opportunity to give him a 'beating' on his release.

The apology distressed the family - but we could be seeing more of them in future.