Bromley Council apologises for 'lack of respect' in cemetery

News Shopper: The Vazquez family is angry at how earth has been piled on to their father's grave The Vazquez family is angry at how earth has been piled on to their father's grave

THIS is the scene which greeted horrified mourners when they went to visit their father’s grave.

The Vazquez family has made regular visits to London Road Cemetery in Bromley since their father died seven months ago, to tend the plot and pay their respects.

But when they arrived on Saturday they noticed a new grave had been dug up next to their father’s and they found all the rubble and earth had been dumped on their father’s plot.

And Phil Vazquez says the plaque, ornaments and flowers which had been set up on the grave had just been put on one side.

Mr Vazquez said: “We were disgusted to find this, when we wanted to come and pay our respects.

“What makes matters worse, is myself and my family are still grieving for our loss.

“I feel that the diggers had a complete lack of respect for my father’s grave.”

A Bromley Council spokesman said, “We did try and contact the family prior to this excavation and have since spoken to the family to apologise for any distress caused.

“This is however standard working procedure in a very old and tightly packed cemetery and of course, the immediate area and any affected neighbouring graves will be tided as a matter of course after the impending funeral.”

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10:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jose Vazquez says...

In regards to Bromley councils comments I would like to make a few facts clear.

Firstly; although they advised this was common practice there were other suitable spaces surrounding the new plot for the earth to be dumped. There was no respect or consideration regarding their decision as to where they put the earth.

secondly; contact to inform the family was only attempted on the day of the dig, even though the council would have been aware of this plot beforehand.

thirdly; no official apology has been made to the family by the council.

- Jose Vazquez
In regards to Bromley councils comments I would like to make a few facts clear. Firstly; although they advised this was common practice there were other suitable spaces surrounding the new plot for the earth to be dumped. There was no respect or consideration regarding their decision as to where they put the earth. secondly; contact to inform the family was only attempted on the day of the dig, even though the council would have been aware of this plot beforehand. thirdly; no official apology has been made to the family by the council. - Jose Vazquez Jose Vazquez

10:20am Mon 23 Dec 13

terry12570 says...

My love goes out to you all.
Thinking about you always Susu xx
My love goes out to you all. Thinking about you always Susu xx terry12570

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