Victory for residents over remembrance garden woe

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Residents who have battled for a decade to protect a remembrance garden plagued by vandals and dog mess have scored a victory after a fence was erected.

The Diocese of Blackburn has fenced off the piece of consecrated ground, which still contains ashes, and forms part of the former St Oswald’s with St Jude’s Church grounds in Harewood Road, Deepdale, Preston.

It is not known how many people’s ashes are scattered or buried at the garden because, in the 1980s, the church was broken into and the records were stolen.

In previous years it became a magnet for vandals and yobs who repeatedly smashed the garden wall and even played football in the garden.

Signs asking people not to vandalise the garden were removed because they were damaged.

Flytipping was also reported there.

Deepdale Coun Terry Cartwright, who spearheaded a campaign to protect the ground, said: “I still remember reading a letter from a man in Canada whose mum’s ashes were scattered there - he was very upset.

“This piece of land has finally been given the respect it deserves.”