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Bicester cemetery has lack of burial plots

A town in north Oxfordshire is running out of places to bury its dead.

Bicester councillor Debbie Pickford said the lack of burial plots meant that town's only cemetery would be full in about 18 months.

"We will do our very best to bury people in every nook and cranny we can find but there will come a time when we wont be able to," she said.

The Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management said old abandoned cemeteries need to be reused.

The institute's chief executive Tim Morris said: "The current government needs to grasp this problem because it will become a crisis for all, the city councils and the small parish councils alike."

The Bishop of Dorchester, Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, said: "Where a piece of land hasn't had a burial in it for several hundred years perhaps we could look at reburying in those places."

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