Outrage over soil dumped on grave

Kelvin McMahon's grave covered in mounds of soil at Preesall Cemetery
Kelvin McMahon's grave covered in mounds of soil at Preesall Cemetery
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AN outraged mother whose son’s grave was covered by mounds of soil for a week has hit out at town hall staff.

Anne McMahon was unable to lay flowers on her son Kelvin’s grave during the Christmas period after council workers dug out the adjacent plot.

Kelvin McMahon's grave covered in mounds of soil at Preesall Cemetery

Kelvin McMahon's grave covered in mounds of soil at Preesall Cemetery

Mrs McMahon, of Beach Road, Preesall, said Kelvin’s grave in Preesall Cemetery, was surrounded by a wooden screen and covered in the freshly dug soil.

She told The Gazette: “It was extremely distressing, we couldn’t even see the grave at first, then we feared it had been moved until we realised it was covered.

“For seven days over Christmas I could not visit the grave, it is a disgrace.

“I couldn’t sleep for days thinking of my son like that.”

Kelvin died in February 2010, aged 45, following problems with his kidney and liver.

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Mrs McMahon said: “It was a sudden death which as a family we are still grieving, this was unacceptable.”

A Wyre Council spokesman said the incident was “unfortunate” and apologised.

She added: “The grave adjacent but one to the grave had to be dug for a burial six days later. Due to the Christmas holidays, it was the latest possible opportunity to prepare the grave, in order to accommodate the newly bereaved family’s wish for a burial between Christmas and New Year.

“Unfortunately this meant soil covered the McMahon’s son’s grave over Christmas.

“Wyre Council did explain the circumstances to the McMahon family, however the council would like to reiterate that it is sorry for any distress caused to them.”