Grieving mum ‘can’t mourn at sons’ grave’

A leak under graves at Pontefract cemetery is causing a mess and damaging some of the graves.'Ann Dyas.
A leak under graves at Pontefract cemetery is causing a mess and damaging some of the graves.'Ann Dyas.

Grieving mum Ann Dyas says she can’t mourn at her sons’ grave in Pontefract cemetery as water is making it sink.

Mrs Dyas’ son Ian Schofield died in 1972 aged just five months and her second son Andrew died 14 years ago, aged 24.

Both are buried in the plot at the cemetery on Headlands Lane but Mrs Dyas says water has damaged the grave.

She said: “It’s an absolute disgrace. The cemetery is a total mess because there’s water everywhere. I think it is coming from a leaking pipe.

“This is just adding to my grief after losing my sons.”

Mrs Dyas said she first reported the problem more than two years ago and says the volume of water now at the site has started to lift her sons’ grave.

She said: “I feel like I can’t grieve properly and the whole site looks awful – the council can’t even cut the grass because of it.”

Glynn Humphries, service director environment and streetscene at Wakefield Council, said the water was coming from a natural spring under the graves.

He said: “Yorkshire Water has now identified a drain we can connect into and we are now working to design and cost the works needed as a priority.

“We offer our sincere apologises to the family for any distress caused, but would like to reassure them that we are working to fix this problem as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, we are working to ensure graves and paths are as accessible and clear as possible.”