A six-year-old boy was crushed to death by a falling gravestone as he played with friends in a cemetry, reported Th...
A six-year-old boy was crushed to death by a falling gravestone as he played with friends in a cemetry, reported The Independent on Sunday (p15). Ruben Powell was playing at the Grove Road Cemetry in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
The accident comes amid growing concern about the condition of many of Britain's cemeteries and gravestones. An emergency audit of burial grounds is being carried out after the Association of Burial Authorities warned that '15 million accidents' were waiting to happen. The association calculates that up to 20% of tombstones are in danger of collapse.
While huge Victorian memorials pose a risk to the public, experts also believe that many modern tombstones, also known as lawn memorials, are inherently unstable.