Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Piling More Grief on Bereaved Family; Widow's Fury at Soil Dumped on Hubby's Grave

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Piling More Grief on Bereaved Family; Widow's Fury at Soil Dumped on Hubby's Grave

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Byline: KATIE DAVIES

BURIED in piles of soil, this is the sight that greeted a widow as she went to her husband's grave to mark his birthday.

Sharon Carr was left furious after piles of earth had been dumped on the plot at Greenside Cemetery, in Ryton, Gateshead. The mum-of-three was unable to lay flowers near to the headstone to mark what would have been her husband Stephen's 43rd birthday when cemetery workers dug up a neighbouring plot and covered the area in dirt.

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Sharon, who lost her husband suddenly in 2005 after he had a heart attack, regularly visits the resting place to pay her respects.

The cleaner, of Crawcrook, near Ryton, said: "I just couldn't believe it when I got to the cemetery and saw it. Three graves had been totally covered up to the headstones.

"All I wanted to do was lay the flowers for his birthday and that's what I found. It's just completely disrespectful. The pile must have been about 3ft high. I couldn't have laid the flowers if I wanted to."

Stephen was buried at the plot six years ago yesterday and the family wanted to pay their respect on both his anniversary and birthday at the weekend. The couple's youngest son Matthew, 12, has always found it difficult to visit the grave but he bravely made the trip for the first time this weekend.

Sharon, 41, said: "Matthew was only six when Stephen died and he has always found it difficult to go to the cemetery. He went up for the first time at the weekend and he couldn't believe it when he saw it. I was stunned when I saw what they had done."

Sharon had gone to the graveside to mark Stephen's birthday and anniversary with her daughter Rachel, 19.

But she was unable to lay any flowers over the weekend after council workman dug up the plot in front of Stephen's resting place. Sharon said she is now going to put an official complaint into Gateshead Council. …

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