Mum’s ‘disgust’ after she’s told grave may not be daughter’s

A BEREAVED mother who has laid floral tributes at her daughter’s grave for decades has told of her “disgust” after she was told her baby girl could be buried elsewhere.

An urgent investigation is being carried out by Sudbury Town Council into where exactly where Carol Murcott – who died 60 years ago – is buried in Sudbury Cemetery.

Janet Murcott, 80, of Jubilee Road, Sudbury, had always understood her daughter was buried in plot GG326 at the Newton Road cemetery.

The plot is one of a number of graves without headstones and grave GG326 sits alongside another unmarked grave, plot GG327.

Last week, Mrs Murcott, who has three sons and lost baby Carol to spina bifida six decades ago, found a notice on what she thought was her daughter’s grave telling her the plot was, in fact, a different plot – plot GG327 – and was occupied by somebody else.

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The note left there thanked whoever had been tending the grave and asked whether they were a relative of the person buried there.

The town council is in the process of trying to establish exactly which grave is which.

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But the situation has already left Mrs Murcott devastated.

She said: “It is really disgusting. I just found this notice - we’ve been going up there as often as we could for years.

“She would have been 60 in March and I only laid some posies there a few days ago.

“It is disgusting, it is very upsetting. I’m 80 years old and I don’t need this.”

It is understood part of the problem might be the fact neither grave has a headstone.

Deputy town clerk Jacqui Howells said the council was taking the matter very seriously and would be investigating.

“It is extremely distressing for the parties concerned,” she said. “We do have all the records and if it is the wrong grave then we will do all we can to put the situation right.”

She added the council was determined to speak with the cemetery manager, who is currently on holiday, to ensure the information it has is absolutely correct before formally responding to Mrs Murcott.

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