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Grieving sister urges Stamford Town Council to leave her brother 'at peace' over legal action threat at town's cemetery

A grieving sister has said she wants her brother to be ‘at peace’ after a town council threatened legal action against anyone in breach of cemetery regulations.

Rachel Cox’s brother, Darren McClennon has been buried in Stamford Cemetery since his death in May 2012, aged 37, and Rachel has decorated the area in front of his headstone with stone chippings and a wooden surround.

Stamford Town Council have put a notice up in the cemetery saying they will remove prohibited items such as grave edgings, chippings, glass jars and any items placed on the graves within a 5ft by 1ft area in front of the headstone.

Rachel Cox at her brother's grave in Stamford Cemetery
Rachel Cox at her brother's grave in Stamford Cemetery

This includes items placed outside the area and the notice states the regulations came into force on January 1.

Rachel, 37, who lives in Market Deeping, but is originally from Stamford, said: “It’s horrendous because it’s going to be eight years in May.

“Darren was only 37 and they should just let him be at peace but every year they have hassled us.

“I don’t think they realised how much stress they are causing.

“I don’t know if they are going to use a JCB to dig it all up.”

The Peterborough City Hospital worker said Stamford Town Council had told her the grave is preventing access and making the cemetery untidy.

She also said rules had been “changed” from a lawned area only in front of the headstones to the 5ft by 1ft area.

Stamford town clerk Patricia Stuart Mogg, said: “When people are buried there or purchase a plot, the family will sign a declaration that they will follow the regulations by the town council. Some are in breach of these regulations and we are just enforcing them.

“It’s nothing new - this has been in place long before my tenure - and is something that has be enforced.

“The town council may be forced to take legal action if regulations are not being met.

“We don’t want to do that because we appreciate the cemetery is a sensitive area but we have to consider the wider public.”

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