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Graves protest could go to court
Thousands of people whose relatives' gravestones were laid flat without their permission, could take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

In October 2002, Stoke-on-Trent City Council started laying flat more than 11,000 headstones in cemeteries it considered to be unsafe.

The council agreed to pay compensation but was found guilty of maladministration causing injustice.

Those affected have compiled a dossier for Labour MEP Michael Cashman.

The gravestones were laid on the ground after a child was killed by an unstable memorial.

But a government ombudsman said in February this year that the move was not justified by the facts.

Thousands of pounds in compensation has been paid out to the relatives affected.

But those people affected want to know if they can take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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