Daughter, 20, ‘outraged’ after council parks large skip on mum’s grave

A daughter has been left 'outraged' after finding out her local council parked a skip on her mum's grave.

Shannon O'Brien visited the resting place of her mum, Catherine, at Alfreton Cemetery on Tuesday, March 2, and was shocked by what she saw.

The 20-year-old said the large container had damaged expensive ornaments the family had laid there, including a personalised memorial wreath and cross.

Catherine O'Brien passed away aged 40 in November 2019, she suffered from bipolar disorder and sadly took her own life.

For her family, the incident has caused further distress after losing her in tragic circumstances, writes DerbyshireLive.

She said: "We were absolutely outraged when visiting the cemetery that the council had done this to her gravesite.

"My mum sadly died to suicide and this was her resting place. For it to be treated in this way is horrifying. I can't really put it into words.

"There was more than plenty of room for the skip of dirt to be placed elsewhere, but the council thought it appropriate to place it on my mum’s grave.

"They'd also tossed ornaments away from the gravestone like an old rag. I do not know how people can be so insensitive in their treatment of something so special."

Shannon added: "We all loved her and she kept the family together.

"She was really clever.

"She loved her animals and we've still got her two dogs now.

"She got really poorly with bipolar towards the end and it was a difficult time."

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Shannon contacted Amber Valley Borough Council about the skip and was told it would be removed on March 3, and to contact them "if the ground is not to our satisfaction".

The council reportedly added it would provide advice to its teams on giving sensitive consideration to where things are placed in the future.

A spokesperson for the council told the paper: "The cemetery staff do occasionally have to place a soil box temporarily on graves within the working cemeteries in order to dig out adjacent graves, or where graves are re-opened for further burials.

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"When this occurs, the council seeks to remove the soil box as quickly as possible and reinstate the grave to its original condition."

They added: "A complaint has been received with regards to this and the matter is currently being investigated.

"However, the council has apologised for the distress that this has clearly caused to the family and will be making further contact, once the investigation has been concluded."

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