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SHEFFIELD SEEKS SOLUTION TO GRAVE PROTEST

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Sheffield City Council has set up a cemetery liaison group after a protest by mourners. ...
Sheffield City Council has set up a cemetery liaison group after a protest by mourners.

Bereaved families staged an all-night vigil in Shiregreen Cemetery to persuade the council not to remove mementos and gardens built round gravestones. Pictured at the grave of Nathan Weston are his aunt Jacqueline Parkin and stepfather John Jones. Sheffield says the adornments make maintenance of the graveyard difficult.

The council has now reassured the families that no action will be taken against unauthorised kerbstones, grass mounds, plastic fencing and gardens until agreement has been reached.

The liaison group, which is being run as a pilot, will look at wider issues of vandalism and improving the appearance of the graveyard and will consider a request from families for a remembrance room to be built.
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