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Crisis for UK cemeteries?

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The UK's death rate is projected to rise over the next 20 years as the baby boomers begin to leave us.

With around 30% of people choosing to be buried it has led to concerns about where they are going to go.

Burial space in London has been at critical point for some time; cemeteries in Hackney and Tower Hamlets are full to capacity. It is also a problem in most cities, towns and villages across the country.

Our reporter Tom Bateman has been to a part of south-east London where it is getting harder to find a burial space.

And Dr Julie Rugg examines the shortage of cemetery space.


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