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Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive (Designate) statement on Hazlehead Crematorium

09/06/14

As you know, the working practices of crematoria across Scotland have been under scrutiny recently.

Throughout this time, Aberdeen City Council has endeavoured to be open and transparent about its own procedures at Hazlehead Crematorium.

For this reason, I wanted to let you know that I have received a serious allegation regarding practices at Hazlehead Crematorium. The allegation relates to the joint cremation of babies and adults.

In light of the allegation I now have to reconsider the findings of our independent audit which were published last year and I have advised Lord Bonomy's Infant Cremation Commission of this development.

I fully understand that public interest in this matter will be very high. Out of respect for the families affected however, I would ask that the media and politicians give me the time required to undertake a thorough investigation. I will, of course, share relevant information once I have it.

On behalf of Aberdeen City Council, I want to take this opportunity to apologise for the further uncertainty that today's announcement creates. I also want to take the opportunity to reassure members of the public that they will continue to receive a kind and caring service at Hazlehead Crematorium.

I would appeal to the media to respect the privacy of those families who are attending the Crematorium, at what is bound to be a difficult and sensitive time. Finally, we will of course offer every support available to bereaved families.

I would ask anyone with any concerns to contact us directly by completing the online form or calling 01224 522255.