Three bodies had to be exhumed at Weston Crematorium after staff buried them in the wrong graves

PUBLISHED: 13:32 07 August 2017

Three bodies have had to be exhumed at Weston Crematorium, after staff buried people in the wrong graves.

Three bodies have had to be exhumed at Weston Crematorium, after staff buried people in the wrong graves.

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Three bodies have had to be exhumed at Weston-super-Mare’s crematorium, after staff buried them in the wrong graves.

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Three bodies have had to be dug up and reburied at Weston Crematorium since it was taken over by a private company, after staff buried people in the wrong graves.

The crematorium in Ebdon Road, Worle, used to be run by North Somerset Council but was taken over by private firm Dignity in 2010 in a £3million deal.

The crematorium came under fire earlier this year, when its staff scattered the wrong ashes in front of a grieving family in a bid to cover up earlier mistakes.

Two members of staff involved in the incident are no longer employed at the site.

It has now come to light that since Dignity took over, there have been three cases where bodies have had to be exhumed because they were buried in different plots to the ones which had been purchased.

The council witnessed the exhumation of the three bodies between January 2013 and September 2016 because they had been put in the wrong graves by staff.

A joint statement from Dignity and the council said disciplinary action was taken against staff, but failed to confirm staff had been dismissed and the Mercury understands they could still be working at the site.

The statement says: “An agreement was reached with the families concerned and Dignity kept the council fully informed throughout.”

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