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Pat’s outrage at dumped gravestones

Pat Woolven is upset at the piles of broken headstones with visible inscriptions, which have been discarded at the edge of Burnley Cemetery.

Pat Woolven is upset at the piles of broken headstones with visible inscriptions, which have been discarded at the edge of Burnley Cemetery.

A Burnley woman who was outraged when she came across gravestones dumped behind a wall in the town’s cemetery said some of them are as little as 12 years old.

Pat Woolven (51), made the discovery last month when she was on an organised tour of the cemetery. She found broken headstones piled up behind a wall in the old part of the site.

Miss Woolven has since been back to the cemetery to examine some of the monuments and discovered that some of the people remembered on the stones only died in 2002.

She has now called for tougher checks on people with waste licences coming in and out of the cemetery to prevent more stones being dumped.

Burnley Council said it was not responsible for the broken headstones and said it was continuing to investigate the matter.

Miss Woolven said: “One of the headstones belonged to a man who died in 2002, and another in 1980. These are not very old gravestones. I think it’s disgusting. At the end of the day, all these stones could be 100% recycled.”

 

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