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Last Updated: Monday, 19 July, 2004, 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Headstone checks after vandalism
Headstones in a cemetery are to be checked after a spate of vandalism.

Allerdale Borough Council says a number of the headstones have been pushed over in Harrington Road cemetery, in Workington, Cumbria.

It is now carrying out a thorough check of the site to make sure none of the memorials are now dangerous.

The council says a small number of youths are involved and police are trying to prevent any future incidents at the site.

Council bereavement services officer Robert Deacon said: "The authority has an ongoing inspection programme.

'Small minority'

"Because of recent problems, we have accelerated the inspections and are in the process of a total sweep of the cemetery to ensure the safety of all the memorials and to ensure the safety of visitors and workmen whilst in the cemetery.

"Whilst undertaking the inspections, we may find memorials that are deemed to be dangerous.

"If this occurs we will lay them flat to remove the danger. We will endeavour to re-erect any memorials that we lay down at a later stage."

He asked anyone who saw vandalism to contact the police.

He said: "We know it is only a small minority of young people who get involved in this type of behaviour but, with the school holidays looming, we have to take sensible precautions."

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