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Panic as emergency services descend on rural graveyard

NewsPanic as emergency services descend on rural graveyard

Residents near Ushaw Moor cemetery in County Durham reported seeing a “small fire” early this morning and alerted emergency services. They dashed to the graveyard and have erected a forensic tent, as they probe the emergency. 

One shocked local told Chronicle Live: “I woke up at about 6.10am. I looked out the curtains and saw a fire, it was a small fire. I thought it was kids, as you sometimes get.

“I came downstairs and thought it doesn’t look good. So, I phoned for the fire service. The fire service arrived and put out the fire.

“They put tape around the area then the police arrived at around 6.30am. Then a forensics van arrived.

“It’s not what I expected in the morning.

“Police called me and asked me what I had seen.”

The cemetery has been cordoned off by Durham Police, who have been approached for further comment.

Multiple ambulances and fire engines have also been spotted at the scene, which is in an old pit village just west of Durham.

County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service as well as the North East Ambulance service have all been contacted for comment.

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