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Headstone safety testing planned in Rotherham

Headstone safety testing is to be carried out in seven churchyards and cemeteries across Rotherham.

Rotherham Borough Council said although closed to further burials, the work was necessary to ensure the safety of those visiting or working at the sites.

It said any memorials found to be "immediately dangerous" would be laid on the ground.

Testing of the stones will begin later this month.

The council said it was hoping to contact all relatives about the planned work through public notices, letters to the relevant clergy and parish councils and signage in those graveyards being tested.

It said it was a continuation of the testing of all churchyards and cemeteries across the borough, which began in 2002.

Memorials that are unstable, but not immediately dangerous will be identified through a sticker requesting the relatives of the deceased to contact Rotherham Borough Council, so work can be arranged.

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