Yorkshire police guard cemetery after a grave was partially dug up

Police officers were today stood guard at a city centre cemetery after it was discovered that a grave had been partially dug up.

Today forensic tents were seen erected in a section of Carlton Cemetery, in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, which was cordoned off with scenes of crime tape.

Police were first called to the cemetery 2.52 pm on Monday (May 2) by a passer-by.

They said they found a “disturbance to a grave” and later confirmed that it wasn’t part of any “pre-planned activity”.

Photos from today (Thurs) showed a large section of graves at the cemetery cordoned off to the public, with two forensic tents set up at the site.

Police say they are now working with the council to understand what took place and are supporting the family who are connected to the disturbed grave.

Paul Castle, Service Director for Environment and Transport at Barnsley Council, said that staff were “supporting police officers” with their inquiries.

He said: “The cemetery remains closed for the time being and we thank residents for their patience and understanding.”

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