infant cremation urn smallThe International Business times reports families who failed to received ashes of deceased babies are taking legal action against Shropshire Council for allegedly breaching their human rights.The council-owned Emstrey Crematorium in Shrewsbury was found to have failed to return the remains of 51 babies to bereaved families between 2000 and 2014 following an independent inquiry.

Ian Cohen, from law firm Slater and Gordon, is now acting for 19 families embroiled in the scandal and claiming they suffered "psychological injury" as a result of not receiving their babies' ashes.

The council is also accused of breaching Articles 8 and 9 of the Human Rights Act 1998 – namely the right to respect for an individual's private and family life and the right to an individual's religious thoughts and beliefs.

Cohen said: "Every parent will understand the fundamental need to look after and protect their children and those feelings don't stop after they have passed away. The families we have spoken to cannot help but feel that they have failed to protect their children and that is as a result of the actions of Shropshire council."

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