Workers desecrated our grandad’s grave

Southend Standard: Devastated – Steve Smith by his grandfather’s grave in Wharf Road cemetery Devastated – Steve Smith by his grandfather’s grave in Wharf Road cemetery

A FAMILY claim precious ornaments placed by the graves of their loved ones were destroyed by council workers.

Steve Smith, 40, of Gardner Avenue, Corringham, went to tend his grandfather’s grave to find the ornaments smashed.

Mementos and fresh flowers around his sister-in-law’s grave had also been broken. Thurrock Council has apologised, but said windy weather may have been to blame.

Mr Smith’s sister-in-law, Kelly Rudge, was just 15 when she died in an accident on the A13 in 1991.

Mr Smith’s grandfather, Charles Smith, died in 1985, aged 55.

Mr Smith claimed council workers had gone into the cemetary, in Wharf Road, with strimmers to cut the grass, but carried out the work in a reckless fashion.

He said: “Wewent to the graveyard to make sure it was all tidy and found all the ornaments around both graves broken.

“The council’s maintenance teams are going in there and aren’t taking care.”

Lee Rudge, Kelly’s brother, of Southend Road, Stanford-le- Hope, added: “They had not only cut the grass, but slashed the watering can and all of the ornaments and trees my family have left in memory of my sister.

“My mother searched around and found pieces of sentimental items flung far and wide. My parents tend the grave really well, so I fail to see why their maintenance was so brutal.”

A council spokesman said: “The council apologises for any distress that may have been caused to families who visit loved ones’ graves and will remind staff to ensure extra care is taken when strimming around graves.

“However, the recent wet and windy weather has made these areas more difficult to maintain and it is possible the wind can blow over decorations and ornaments that are not secured.

“The council recognises people like to place mementos on graves, but if they are not kept within the allotted area it can cause difficulties carrying out maintenance.”

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9:47am Thu 16 Jan 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Unfortunately, items left at gravesides are left at the risk of all the weather thrown at them. Lately the weather has been very windy and wet. My parents frequently visit my sister's grave at Hall Road, Hawkwell and are genuinely surprised that all that's left with her hasn't taken off never to be seen again!
If it does happen to be the council workers who are to blame, I doubt it's done on purpose.
Unfortunately, items left at gravesides are left at the risk of all the weather thrown at them. Lately the weather has been very windy and wet. My parents frequently visit my sister's grave at Hall Road, Hawkwell and are genuinely surprised that all that's left with her hasn't taken off never to be seen again! If it does happen to be the council workers who are to blame, I doubt it's done on purpose. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 18

12:24pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

Although a sad story people can't just go blaming someone if something happens. The weather could have done it, the workers could have anyone could have. We all know what some people can do for a 'laugh'
Although a sad story people can't just go blaming someone if something happens. The weather could have done it, the workers could have anyone could have. We all know what some people can do for a 'laugh' Southend Andy
  • Score: 16

12:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Im afraid it's just the sort of thing a lot of nutters would do for a laugh, don't blame anyone, without corroborated evidence.
Could have been the recent weather or recent vandals
Im afraid it's just the sort of thing a lot of nutters would do for a laugh, don't blame anyone, without corroborated evidence. Could have been the recent weather or recent vandals You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 11

1:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Baker-Boy says...

very poor headline there can be no blame here
very poor headline there can be no blame here Baker-Boy
  • Score: 6

3:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

How Pathetic, running to the paper over this.
How Pathetic, running to the paper over this. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
_Lotus_ wrote:
BodyBuilder wrote:
Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.
Have a bit of compassion, what on earth is the matter with you???

One of those graves was for a 15 year old girl, I should imagine the ornaments were of a special significance.

I trust you have never lost a child, pray you never do. I haven't either, but it surely has to be one of the most traumatic experience anybody could ever go through.
"Bodybuilder" doesn't do compassion. Didn't you know, Bodybuilder likes to pontificate to us all how it's OK to break the law and do as he pleases. Typical attitude of somebody stuffed full of steroids. I live near a gym, I see them coming out. Neanderthals. Not saying they're all like it but I've never seen such posturing in my life, strutting around with their bottled water, driving backwards and forward with their cr@p music on full blast.

It's the mentality I'm afraid.
Of course it's okay to break the law. Unless you get caught. Only live once. The world is you'r oyster.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.[/p][/quote]Have a bit of compassion, what on earth is the matter with you??? One of those graves was for a 15 year old girl, I should imagine the ornaments were of a special significance. I trust you have never lost a child, pray you never do. I haven't either, but it surely has to be one of the most traumatic experience anybody could ever go through.[/p][/quote]"Bodybuilder" doesn't do compassion. Didn't you know, Bodybuilder likes to pontificate to us all how it's OK to break the law and do as he pleases. Typical attitude of somebody stuffed full of steroids. I live near a gym, I see them coming out. Neanderthals. Not saying they're all like it but I've never seen such posturing in my life, strutting around with their bottled water, driving backwards and forward with their cr@p music on full blast. It's the mentality I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Of course it's okay to break the law. Unless you get caught. Only live once. The world is you'r oyster. BodyBuilder
  • Score: -5

5:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

steady_bloke says...

BodyBuilder wrote:
Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.
What a tosspot
[quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.[/p][/quote]What a tosspot steady_bloke
  • Score: 12

7:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

steady_bloke wrote:
BodyBuilder wrote:
Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.
What a tosspot
Other people seem to like my comment. Your the tosspot who just can't take a joke.
[quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.[/p][/quote]What a tosspot[/p][/quote]Other people seem to like my comment. Your the tosspot who just can't take a joke. BodyBuilder
  • Score: -15

5:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Druggie Scumbag says...

BodyBuilder wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
BodyBuilder wrote:
Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.
What a tosspot
Other people seem to like my comment. Your the tosspot who just can't take a joke.
Whilst some (like me) might understand the sentiment, the comment is nevertheless insensitive and crass and should not have been made. It's not even funny! Try harder next time, please.
[quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BodyBuilder[/bold] wrote: Don't even know why you would leave ornaments there anyway. It's a graveyard, not a garden centre.[/p][/quote]What a tosspot[/p][/quote]Other people seem to like my comment. Your the tosspot who just can't take a joke.[/p][/quote]Whilst some (like me) might understand the sentiment, the comment is nevertheless insensitive and crass and should not have been made. It's not even funny! Try harder next time, please. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 2

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