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Families left 'disgusted' as graves flattened; Stones laid down 'for safety reasons'.

Byline: ELLEN KIRWIN ellen.kirwin@trinitymirror.com @LIVECHONEWS

COMPLAINTS have been made over 100 gravestones that have been laid down 'like dominoes' in West Derby cemetery.

Liverpool City Council put a procedure in place in 2003 to upturn all headstones that don't meet safety standards.

But local people are now worried that the gravestones are being forgotten about and left disrespectfully.

A concerned resident contacted the ECHO, she said: "At first I thought it must have been vandals because they looked wrecked, there were well over 100 down.

"Some of them are piled on top of each other, it looks like someone has gone along and pushed them like dominoes.

"I feel absolutely disgusted, it's such an eye sore, they should not just be left there like that.

"I come out of the cemetery more depressed than when I went in because what I see is just so disrespectful."

The resident said she rang the council and was informed that the headstones are safety checked and laid down if they do not meet standards.

Safety legislation to lay down unsafe memorials was put in place after cases of gravestones falling over and causing injuries were recorded.

In 2000, a child died in Yorkshire due to an unstable memorial and the incident highlighted the issue.

But the resident added: "It's upsetting, I imagine there will be families who can't afford to pay to get them up to new safety guidelines."

A council spokesman said: "The memorials in question were laid down after inspections in 2003 in which they were deemed to be unsafe.

"As these are very old memorials, dating back to Victorian times, it proved very difficult to trace families to let them know.

"In line with national guidelines, the memorials were laid on their own grave space with the inscription fully visible."

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Date:Feb 11, 2018
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