RETURLOST: Susan Knowles-Jackson, 99.
RETURLOST: Susan Knowles-Jackson, 99. Contributed

Stolen ashes returned as man's faith in mankind restored

A NEWTOWN man's faith in humanity has been restored after thieves returned his mother's ashes weeks after his home was robbed.

Clive Knowles-Jackson last month went public with an appeal for the robbers who ransacked his home on a quiet Newtown street to return his mother's ashes.

They had been stored at the back of a wardrobe of his home which was left a mess after offenders forced their way inside sometime over the weekend of May 20-21.

Mr Knowles-Jackson said he found the box containing his mother Susan's ashes in the front yard of his home on Monday morning after he returned from Brisbane on Sunday.

"It has perhaps renewed our faith in people a little bit," he told The Chronicle.

"It must have been the same people."

A hectic lifestyle had meant the family had been unable to inter the ashes in a memorial garden at home.

Mr Knowles-Jackson said despite doing the article in The Chronicle on March 27 he had been doubtful of the positive outcome.

But with the ashes' return he said his faith in humanity had been restored.

"It's a very good feeling," Mr Knowles-Jackson said.

Anyone with information about the theft is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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