A pensioner has spoken of his horror at seeing a huge tyre track across his late wife’s grave.
Ronald Chadburn, 75, visits the grave of his late wife, Doreen, every fortnight to lay a fresh bunch of flowers.
The plot also includes other members of his wife’s family, including her late father and mother and her sister, while her brother’s ashes are also scattered there.
Since her death six years ago, Mr Chadburn, from Hull, East Yorks., has maintained the grave on behalf of his late wife’s family.
He has even constructed a small wooden fence near the headstone and cuts the grass himself in Hull’s Northern Cemetery.
But on Saturday 17 October he was left speechless at the sight of a large compacted tyre track running along a row of graves, including his wife’s.
In addition, the wooden fence had been dumped behind the headstone.
Hull City Council, whose staff maintain the site, has apologised for the damage.
Mr Chadburn, a retired dockworker who served for six years in the Royal Artillery, said: “I could not believe it when I saw it.
“I usually go once a fortnight, but it had been three weeks this time because I had been unwell.
“I was annoyed because I try to keep it looking nice.
“I can’t believe someone had decided it was all right just to drive across the graves like that.
“What made it worse was that whoever did it just ripped up the little fence I made and dumped it behind the headstone without even trying to put it back into place.”
“I made that myself about two years ago to keep it looking neat and tidy.
“The council staff at the cemetery told me it’s all right to do it and I’ve even had compliments about it.
“I even started cutting the grass because they said they couldn’t get their lawnmower near enough to the graves.
“After all that work, it was heartbreaking to see the mess on Saturday.”
A city council spokesman said: “We always take great care as far as possible to ensure that headstones are not affected by the use of vehicles and machinery while maintaining our cemeteries.
“However where additional items are placed on a plot they can cause obstructions, which is why we have regulations about the type of memorabilia that can be placed on a plot to avoid incidents such as this.
“Regrettably accidents can occur and we apologise to Mr Chadburn for any distress caused.
“As this matter has just been brought to our attention we are now investigating.
“When such incidents take place our normal procedure is to contact the deed holder, however, on this occasion it appears we were not aware of any damage caused to the plot.”