Out-of-hours Muslim burials at Reading cemetery

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Muslim families will be able to bury their relatives at weekends and on bank holidays at a Berkshire town's cemetery following council discussions.

As part of a one-year pilot, the burials take place at Henley Road Cemetery in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, the borough council said.

The move comes after talks with Muslim organisations last year over possible out-of-hours options.

Community representatives will perform the burials at pre-excavated graves.

Islamic cultural practice requires that burials take place as soon as possible after death.

Nina Byrne, Reading's environmental health manager, said: "We are pleased that representatives from the Muslim community have come forward to work in partnership with the council and have taken on this important role."

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