Langlees mum demands public inquiry into baby ashes scandal

Devastated mum Angela Smith wants answers the Scottish Government to order a public inquiry
Devastated mum Angela Smith wants answers the Scottish Government to order a public inquiry

A grieving mum whose son’s ashes were kept secret from her for eight years is meeting Alex Salmond today to 
demand a public inquiry.

Angela Smith from Langlees, along with members of Glasgow Answers for Ashes Parents, will press the First Minister to order an inquiry into the baby ashes scandal that has left hundreds of families across the country devastated.

Angela’s son Riece was stillborn in 2005 after 18 weeks of her pregnancy and she was told there would be no ashes.

However, after hearing of the scandal at Edinburgh’s Mortonhall Crematorium, Angela contacted Falkirk Crematorium and was told in April that Riece’s ashes had in fact been buried in a communal area with those of other babies.

Angela said: “We attended the Scottish Parliament last week, but no one was aware there was a case in Falkirk as well as all the other areas.

“The government needs to listen to parents and set up an inquiry as soon as possible, find out what exactly happened so we can all put it behind us and move on.”

Angela has the support of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson who visited the Camelon crematorium with Angela last Friday and is calling for Falkirk Council to investigate.

She said: “Parents like Angela need answers and the only way they are going to get them is through a full public inquiry. I will be pressing Falkirk Council to ensure a full audit of cases in their area is conducted.”

A Falkirk Council spokesperson said it would wait until a national commission’s findings before reviewing their policies.