Grieving families are furious after a local council laid down ‘dangerous’ gravestones for health and safety reasons so they do not ‘topple over’ and hurt someone – and tells relatives they will have to pay to have them repaired.
Council officials in Weymouth, Dorset, have removed 21 headstones from the ground and left them lying in a cemetery citing the safety of visitors to the graveyard.
But families have described the council’s actions as ‘upsetting and unacceptable’ and one woman has said the headstones will be left on the ground permanently unless the families foot a £150 to have them re-erected.
Lynn Lewis says she was not informed of the council’s plans to remove the headstone of her late father Les and only discovered it had been pulled out when she visited Weymouth Cemetery to pay her respects on his birthday.
Les died in 2019 and was buries alongside his father Ernest, who passed away in 1986, with both men commemorated on the gravestone.
Ms Lewis said: ‘It’s all…