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Police issue update over concerns about former St Monica’s home & Parkside Road Cemetery in Kendal

Cumbria Constabulary say a police investigation has been carried out following concerns of a historic nature raised in recent weeks in relation to the former St Monica’s home, Kendal, and Parkside Road Cemetery, Kendal.

The investigation, carried out by detectives at Westmorland and Furness CID, involved a review of all available evidence.

Police also carried out enquiries which included contact with staff at the cemetery, interested parties, the relevant diocese and the local authority.

Officers followed up and focussed on concerns raised.

To date, no crimes have been identified.

Anyone who has any information regarding any potential criminal act can contact officers on 101.

A joint statement from Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council said: “During this time period families often didn’t have sufficient resources to pay for a funeral. Consequently, burials in unpurchased or public graves were fairly common.

“Whilst our records do not contain the causes of death for those buried at Parkside Cemetery, the Council does hold records of who is buried there and these are publicly available.

 “If anyone thinks they, or a relative, spent time at St Monica’s and would like to find out more, they can get in touch with the Information Governance Service at Westmorland and Furness Council at: information.governance@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk.” 

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