Anger at state of new graves in cemetery

The sunken grave at Mayfield cemtery, in Cramlington.
The sunken grave at Mayfield cemtery, in Cramlington.

Council staff have again come under fire for the state they are leaving new graves.

Local resident Alan Shellard was shocked to see a new grave at Mayfield Cemetery in Cramlington had partly sunk last month.

But during a visit to a relative’s graves two weeks ago, he was angry to see a new grave had dropped more than three feet in places – and was still in the same state two weeks later.

Mr Shellard, from Cramlington, said: “It is unacceptable. It might be okay to leave it like that for a few days, but not a few weeks.

“If it was my relative’s grave I would go off it. It’s disgraceful that it’s been left like this.

“The council keep saying it was because of the heavy rain, but it never rained during the week after it was dug.”

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “Our cemetery teams are highly experienced and are aware of the need to work with dignity and respect.

“Following burials there is often some natural sinkage.

“Team members routinely revisit new graves to see if the ground has settled and needs topping up.

“We have not received any reports of concern from relatives of the deceased in this case, however the grave in question has now been topped.”