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“I went down to collect a bone”: how Britain is running out of space to bury its dead

Already-crowded graveyards are facing a crisis. Could re-using old graves be the answer?

By George Grylls  

Tottenham Park Cemetery, where there have been reports of overcrowding. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Tunay Hussein had long been suspicious of overcrowding in Tottenham Park Cemetery. The graves were being squashed closer together. The paths were getting thinner and thinner.

Earlier this year, her worst fears were apparently confirmed: “On one occasion, I went down to collect a bone that had been reported. Between the graves I found what looked to me like a human skeleton. A jaw with teeth in. A human skull. It was very distressing.”

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