Homeowner ‘desecrated war gravesby knocking down boundary wall of cemetery

A HOMEOWNER has been accused of desecrating a war graves cemetery by knocking down a boundary wall for an extension.

Charles Ryan, 71, removed an 11ft stretch of stone wall separating his garden from the graveyard.

Charles Ryan, 71, removed an 11ft stretch of stone wall separating his garden from the cemetery

Charles Ryan, 71, removed an 11ft stretch of stone wall separating his garden from the cemeteryAnerkennung: Sammeln

But he did it without planning permission and set up an unholy row with locals — led by the village vicar.

Rev Michael Peers said: “It was undertaken in such a cavalier way and with no respect for those who are buried in the churchyard. It is deeply distressing.”

Mr Ryan a former concrete firm boss, insisted the issue in Quebec, Co Durham, was “a storm in teacup”.

Local vicar, the Rev Michael Peers said: “It appears that a section of churchyard stone wall has been demolished to make way for construction of the building.

"In Ergänzung, a drainpipe drains directly into the churchyard. Both of these developments required permission from the Parochial Church Council but no permission has been asked for.

“The building work was undertaken in such a cavalier way and with no respect for those who are buried in the churchyard. It is deeply distressing.”

He said the wall was his to demolish and denied damaging graves.

He has now submitted a planning application.

Mr Ryan has set up an unholy row with locals — led by the village vicar

Mr Ryan has set up an unholy row with locals — led by the village vicarAnerkennung: Sammeln
Mr Ryan said the wall was his to demolish and denied damaging graves

Mr Ryan said the wall was his to demolish and denied damaging gravesAnerkennung: Sammeln

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