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Group urged to reveal burial site
Gladys Hammond
Gladys Hammond was the mother-in-law of a guinea pig breeder
Animal rights extremists who have sent letters saying they have the remains of a woman whose body was stolen should prove their claims, police have said.

The body of Gladys Hammond, 82, was taken from a church in Yoxall, Staffs, in October. Her relatives run a guinea pig breeding farm in nearby Newchurch.

A group calling itself the Animal Rights Militia wrote to say part of Mrs Hammond's body was buried locally.

Staffordshire Police are following up the offer to return the remains.

One copy of the letter was sent to the BBC and another to the Burton Mail newspaper.

We are asking them to prove what they say is true by giving us the exact location
Det Ch Insp Nick Baker

Mrs Hammond, who was buried in St Peter's churchyard seven years ago, was the mother-in-law of Christopher Hall, part-owner of Darley Oaks Farm.

Det Ch Insp Nick Baker, who made an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last month after the letters were received, said:

"In the letters, they now say they have co-ordinates for where they've put part of Mrs Hammond's body but a week since their last contact, they're choosing to stay quiet.

"We are asking them to prove what they say is true by giving us the exact location.

"The Animal Rights Militia know how to authenticate their claims by providing us with the co-ordinates of the whereabouts of Glady's Hammond."

The Burton Mail newspaper revealed that the letter claimed "one sixth" of Mrs Hammond's remains were buried in a sealed plastic container 2ft underground in woods near Newchurch.

The letters also contain deaths threats against family members and friends.

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