Anger as travellers descend on crematorium car park

Travellers on the car park outside Howe Bridge Crematorium
Travellers on the car park outside Howe Bridge Crematorium
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Travellers have caused uproar by leaving caravans on the car park of a borough crematorium.

New arrivals on land near Howe Bridge Crematorium have been accused of being "disrespectful" after setting up camp outside.

The crematorium itself, which is privately run by the Westerleigh Group, is continuing with services today.

But the development has been poorly received bv members of Atherton Resident's Assocation's Facebook group.

Jonathan Coombes said: "This is a sacred burial area and NOT for travellers to use and abuse."

Denise Knowles added: " I have heartfelt feeling for those who are going to the crem with their loved ones tomorrow. An awful day for them without seeing that lot."

Stuart Gerrard, chairman of the residents association, said he had informed ward councillors, in a bid to secure the travellers' removal.

A Wigan Council spokesman said: "The car park is owned by Wigan Council and the process is under way to have the travellers removed from the site."