Look why a Doncaster family was furious over 'damage' to a loved one's grave

Michelle Cook and her husband Paul, pictured beside the grave of her parents and her brother at Redhouse Cemetery. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Cook MC 2
Michelle Cook and her husband Paul, pictured beside the grave of her parents and her brother at Redhouse Cemetery. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Cook MC 2
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All grieving Doncaster daughter Michelle Cook wanted to do was pay her Fathers' Day respects to the dad she lost two years ago.

All grieving Doncaster daughter Michelle Cook wanted to do was pay her Fathers' Day respects to the dad she lost two years ago.

The sight which greeted Michelle Cook and her husband Paul, at the grave of her parents and her brother at Redhouse Cemetery.

The sight which greeted Michelle Cook and her husband Paul, at the grave of her parents and her brother at Redhouse Cemetery.

But when she arrived at his grave, she was devastated to find it completely covered in rubble and soil, with personal ornaments wrecked.

Michelle arrived at the plot at Redhouse Cemetry Woodlands, which contains the remains of her dad Kenneth, a railway painter who died in 2016 aged 83, her mum Kath, a long serving barmaid at Carcroft Club who died aged 75 in 2013, and the ashes of her brother, Steve, who died two days after his mum aged 34, with her husband Paul Cook.

But when she arrived she could not see the grave for the mound of earth which had been dumped on top by grave diggers, surrounded by wooden boards to hold it in place.

Michelle, of St Agnes Road, Belle Vue, said: "I was frantic - it's not on.

"I have been visiting that cemetery for 20 years, and I had never seen anything like it. I was distraught, and it was not something that I was prepared for.

"We go up there quite often, but on this Father's Day I couldn't even leave the flowers I had brought. I feel that the damage is done. How would they have felt if it was their parents?"

The rubble has since been moved.

Husband Paul said there was clear land with no graves just 20 yards away.

He said: "It is just lucky there is no damage to the headstone."

Doncaster Council bosses have apologised for the incident.

Dave Wilkinson, assistant director of trading and property services, said: “While we do everything we can to avoid it, unfortunately in some plots there is no option but to dig graves in this way. We have spoken to the family concerned and apologised for the distress caused, and we always ensure we restore graves to their proper condition after work is completed.”