Nottingham

Church Warsop cemetery repair delays face criticism

Cemetery damage at Church Warsop
Image caption The damage is expected to cost £15,000 to repair

Delays to repairs in a Nottinghamshire cemetery which was damaged by a stolen JCB are causing anger, according to a parish councillor.

Headstones were knocked flat and gates broken when the vehicle was driven into Church Warsop cemetery on 2 June 2011.

John Kerr said most residents were "understanding", but "as the months go on they begin to get annoyed".

Mansfield District Council said it had waited for insurance claims to be agreed and work should start soon.

Sally Curtis, registrar for cemeteries at Mansfield District Council, insisted it had been unable to start earlier.

She said work "will begin this summer", and it would have been wrong to begin without the "go-ahead from the insurance companies and the families, if the families came forward".

Steven Regan, 34, of Colenso Terrace, Leeds, was jailed for four and a half years in October after admitting a range of offences including dangerous driving, theft and criminal damage.

The court heard he had taken the JCB from a building site in Mansfield, but had panicked when followed by police.

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