Mum’s anger as items by grave are ‘dumped’

Jan Rennie at the grave of her son Spencer in Aylesbury cemetery - re: slabs being removed from around the grave
Jan Rennie at the grave of her son Spencer in Aylesbury cemetery - re: slabs being removed from around the grave

A grieving mother was left ‘appalled’ after cemetery staff dumped items which she had left by her son’s grave behind a fence.

Janice Rennie, from Fowler Road in Aylesbury, was very upset last month after arriving at the cemetery to find bunches of flowers, a watering can and small plant pots had been taken from next to her son Spencer’s grave.

Spencer was buried at the cemetery in Tring Road in 
November 2004 after dying from cancer at the age of 29.

Mrs Rennie said: “I am very upset and distressed.

“When my son was buried in the cemetery I laid slabs by the grave with permission from the cemetery manager.

“There are four slabs at the front of the grave and two 
behind.

“The plot behind Spencer’s grave also belongs to me.

“They are normal-sized paving slabs which I put there to stop the ground around it becoming muddy.”

A similar incident occurred in 2008 when the town council removed stones from around the grave.

However, Mrs Rennie was allowed to retain the slabs.

The cemetery is managed by Aylesbury Town Council.

Mrs Rennie said: “There are still grave-owners near my sons grave that have more over-developed graves but these have been left untouched.

“I assume that these 
owners have been given the same time scale that l had to reinstate back to the original size.

“The council would not tell me how many people had also been asked to comply with the regulations.”

Mrs Rennie said she was originally told she had until September this year to remove the slabs.

She claims she asked the council not to touch anything around the grave until she had sought legal advice and 
spoken to Aylesbury MP David Lidington.

Mr Lidington’s team have confirmed that they are now investigating the issue.

Aylesbury Town Council declined to comment.