Council worker pictured sitting on gravestone to smoke cigarette during break as bosses apologise

Council worker pictured sitting on gravestone to smoke cigarette during break as bosses apologise

04/01/2021

COUNCIL bosses have been forced to apologise after one of their workers was snapped sitting on a gravestone to smoke a cigarette on their break.

North Lincolnshire Council has said they are sorry for “any distress caused” after the man was photographed in Brumby Cemetery in Scunthorpe.

The council team was taking a break from cutting the grass in the graveyard when one man decided to perch on a headstone.

One witness told The Grimsby Telegraph that they felt the workers were showing a lack of respect for the dead.

They added that they felt their actions were disrespectful to the bereaved families of the deceased.

They said the man “should no better” and to be smoking on a headstone was “one step too far.”

North Lincolnshire Council has apologised – but said that their teams do take pride in their work.

They added that it was a one off occurrence.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any distress this may have caused.

"The maintenance teams take great pride in the work they do and uphold very high standards.

The teams are, at all times, respectful while working hard to provide a fitting environment to enable people to pay their respects to lost loved ones.

“We would like to assure people this is not normal practice and council procedures have been involved.”

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