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 Wednesday, 8 January, 2003, 20:50 GMT
Anger over disturbed graves
Workman in cemetery
Paths have been dug up to provide more graves
A row has broken out over a new set of graves in a village in Oxfordshire.

A lack of space has forced the council to dig up paths in Witney Cemetery so more people can be buried.

Relatives of some of the people buried at the cemetery have complained that graves have been disturbed by the work.

The council has apologised for the disturbance but claimed it had no other option.

They've dug it up and they've upset the grave and everything, it's really annoying

Derek Bishop

Witney Town Council prepared well in advance to combat the problem by buying a new site near Cogges Hill, but planning difficulties means it will not now be ready until 2004.

Henry Westbury of Witney Town Council said "We had the situation where we either say, right well we'll close the gates, sorry no more burials, but that was absolutely unthinkable.

"So we set about locating some spaces that wouldn't interfere with any of the existing graves."

Derek Bishop, whose mother and father are both buried in the cemetery, disagreed.

He said: "It's my father and my mother and we've been so close for years.

"They've dug it up and they've upset the grave and everything, it's really annoying."


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