Vicar's plea for help with 'unsafe' gravestones

Some of the affected graves in St Catherine's Churchyard, West Bradford. (s)
Some of the affected graves in St Catherine's Churchyard, West Bradford. (s)

Pre-emptive action has been taken by a village vicar to address loose gravestones that have been deemed a danger to the public.

Five weeks ago, after a routine inspection, Rev. John Brocklehurst noticed that a large number of headstones in the graveyard at St Catherine’s Church, West Bradford, were loose and required immediate attention to ensure no-one is injured when visiting the graves of friends or loved ones.

Rev. Brocklehurst said: “After looking around all the graves, I was worried as there are a total of 14 which I felt had to be laid down immediately as they were so loose and an immediate danger.

“There are another six which will also require attention in the very near future. They range in age from more than 100 years old to some which have only been in place for five or six years.”

A notice is on display outside the church and where possible, relatives have been contacted to let them know if it is their loved ones graves which are affected.

Rev. Brocklehurst continued: “We are trying our best to ensure action is taken before anyone is put at risk of injury – there was a five-year-old who suffered a fractured skull recently when playing amongst loose gravestones in Inskip and our priority is to make our graveyard safe before anyone is hurt.”