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Digger forces open Mexborough chapel doors after mourners locked out

A council has apologised after a digger had to be used to prise open a chapel's doors for a funeral when an employee failed to turn up with the keys.

About 70 mourners gathered at Mexborough Cemetery in Doncaster for the funeral of 92-year-old Royal Navy veteran Douglas Barratt on Wednesday, but were locked out for 40 minutes.

The digger, used by gravediggers, then forced open the doors of the chapel.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said they were "very sorry" for what happened.

Footage courtesy of Luke Barratt.

  • 02 Jan 2016