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Graves damage info plea after car flees cemetery

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

  • 05/06/14 Graves GV - Stapenhilll Cemetary Damaged graves, Stapenhill Cemetery..

  • 05/06/14 Graves GV - Stapenhilll Cemetary Damaged graves, Stapenhill Cemetery..

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SEVERAL families have been left distraught after a car smashed into graves of their loved ones – and then is believed to have fled the scene.

Staff at Stapenhill Cemetary, off Stapenhill Road, were shocked to discover five memorials had been damaged or knocked over following the shocking incident – causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Now, staff from East Staffordshire Borough Council are urging the driver of a white Ford Fiesta to come forward to try to help get to the bottom of what exactly happened.

Dennis Fletcher, deputy leader for built environment at the borough council, urged those responsible for the act to come forward as soon as possible.

He said: “It’s a real shame to hear about this incident which, in addition to the upset for the families concerned, has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

“More and more people are choosing to drive through the cemetery.

“The speed limit is 5mph in the cemetery.

Drivers are asked to park in the lay-bys provided rather than by the side of their grave, and to pay careful attention to pedestrians and machinery.

“Accidents happen, and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to come forward.”

A witness informed the cemetery office that the damage was committed by a white Ford Fiesta at around 12.30pm on Sunday, June 1.

After initial investigations took place at the site, cemetery staff decided to call in Staffordshire Police.

A spokesman for the borough council, who own and maintain the site, said: “The police have been informed but the car driver has not yet come forward and the cemetery office is still trying to contact some of the families who have been affected.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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