Daughter horrified after grave is left damaged


Jamie Nield-Siddall

A DEVASTATED daughter claims her father’s grave was not filled in properly causing flooding and damage weeks after his death.

Katie Roy, aged 29, who buried her father David Earnshaw at Rhyl Cemetery in the same plot as her mother Kathleen earlier this month, said she is also upset that a temporary wooden cross has been placed at the foot of the grave.

Mrs Roy, who is seven months pregnant, said her sister, Clare, who is also heavily pregnant and her four-year-old daughter Seren, discovered the grave.

“She had to get on her hands and knees to get the flowers out,” said Mrs Roy, from Meliden.

“I went there to see it and I was so angry with the cross - it was out of line with all the other headstones.

“It was distressing to see.

“It is a disgrace.”

Mrs Roy, who works as a Staff Nurse in Glan Clwyd Hospital, has contacted the council to complain.

Denbighshire County Council said in line with procedures, the grave was filled in correctly on Monday January 28.

Mr Earnshaw, of Osborne Grove, Rhyl, died on January 3 at the age of 68 suffering from Silent Ischemic Heart Disease.

Mrs Roy said her father’s death came as a real shock.

She said: “He was always there to help other people - he will be missed a lot.”

The former bricklayer, who lived on Butterton Road for more than 40 years, leaves behind eight children, 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A spokeswoman for Denbighshire, said: “There is always an element of some settling in with all new graves and as this site is less than two weeks old, this is the length of time we would normally allow for natural settlement and initial levelling.

“There has been a drop of approximately four to six inches in the grave level.

“The damage to plants is minimal and has been caused by the weather conditions.”

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