Cumbria cemeteries grave trip hazard warning issued

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People tending graves in Cumbria cemeteries have been warned not to create decorative trenches or boundaries around them.

Allerdale Borough Council is concerned that they might present a trip hazard for visitors.

Anyone who has installed such a border has been asked to fill it in by the beginning of June.

If they are unable to carry out the work themselves it will be done by the council's grounds maintenance team.

Charles Holmes, the council's strategic manager for people, said: "We understand that some people may want to pay tribute to their loved ones by tending to their graves.

"However, visitors to our cemeteries can be elderly, visually-impaired or unsteady on their feet and could have a nasty fall if they lost their footing on one of these trenches or boundaries."

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