Gravestones smashed and dumped in Chorley
9:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
THE rubble of more than 20 gravestones, including those of babies, have been found dumped at the end of a street.
Council neighbourhood officers were called out to the scene at Bagganley Lane, Chorley, after a passer-by reported the incident.
Several gravestones were found smashed up and dumped, some of which belonged to young children.
The fly-tipped masonry, with inscriptions clearly visible, range from burials 100 years ago to more recent memorials.
Officers investigating believe the most recent headstone is just 20-years-old from a burial in the early 1990s.
A criminal enquiry is now under way and police and the authority is appealing for any information on where the stones have been taken from and who has committed the crime.
Death registers are currently being checked to try and establish where the abandoned headstones have come from.
Police said investigations into the source locations of the headstones were continuing.
Anybody with information should contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or online at chorley.gov.uk.
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