Church responds to graveyard vandalism rumours

One of the pictures of the graveyard posted on Facebook
One of the pictures of the graveyard posted on Facebook
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RUMOURS that a graveyard had been vandalised recently are unfounded, the church has confirmed.

Residents reacted with outrage after pictures, showing a number of knocked-over headstones at St John’s graveyard in Pemberton, were posted on Facebook with the caption “disgusting”.

But Rev Philip Anderson of St John's Church said that there had been no new damage done to graveyard.

He said: “The photos of our churchyard posted yesterday on the Facebook group “I'm from Wigan Me” are very upsetting.

“The damage, however, is not new as you may know. There was some vandalism 10 years ago, but mostly the old headstones have fallen over naturally because the earth is very uneven, and the graves are very old.”