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Heighington burial plans are 'indecent' and 'immoral'

Plans to bury new bodies on top of old burial remains in a graveyard in County Durham are "indecent" and "immoral", a family says.

John Sowerby and his family say they are "appalled" at what the Diocese of Durham is preparing to do in the graveyard in Heighington, which is directly beneath their living room window.

But Darlington councillor Gerald Lee and the diocese say only ancient burial plots will be considered under the new proposals, with any recovered remains "reinterred lower in the same grave".

  • 09 Mar 2016
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