Rubble dumped in historic cemetery

VOLUNTEERS cleaned up Wardsend Cemetery at Owlerton – only for five tonnes of builders’ rubble to be dumped there six weeks later.

Council workers are removing the debris that was tipped despite the efforts of the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery to respond to years of neglect.

The graveyard opened in 1857 and is the resting place of victims of both world wars, the Sheffield flood of 1864 and soldiers from the nearby former Hillsborough Barracks.

Wendy Cowley, a retired woman from Australia visiting Sheffield to see friends, said: “To find landfill dumped in the cemetery is unbelievable. It’s a terrible disrespect of the dead.”