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AN UNHOLY row over Rawmarsh gravestones has risen again... six years later. Bereaved families complained bitterly in 2005, when Rotherham Council laid headstones flat in Haugh Road Cemetery for “safety reasons”.

The decision angered many, who said their relatives’ gravestones were secure, and should remain untouched.

After a campaign – supported by MP John Healey – demanded the stones’ reinstatement, campaigners were told repairs would be done.

But now another resident has found her mother’s headstone turned over, its inscription was hidden from view. Mr Healey is investigating the matter.

However, Dignity – who manage Rotherham’s cemeteries – claim they have not flattened any headstones since 2008 at Rawmarsh.

The issue first arose 10 years ago when a young boy was killed by a falling gravestone, but protesters insist that more danger is caused by toppled headstones, which people can trip over.

BEAUTY therapy students at Dearne Valley College were treated to a masterclass by one of the industry’s top skin care professionals.

Aromatherapy pioneer Eve Taylor travelled to the Wath-based college for a question and answer session with students on the Level Three Beauty Therapy course.