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PremierLeague-News.Com - Peter Mitchell was 'disappointed' to find water in new chambers at South Ayrshire's largest burial ground.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An expert exhumer has told how a water ingress probe at Ayr Cemetery involved checking the oldest graves first. Peter Mitchell says he was ‘disappointed’ to find water in new chambers at the extension of South Ayrshire’s largest burial ground during an initial inspection in January. The sought-after exhumer has been brought in by council chiefs as part of a major investigation into the flooded graves scandal. The probe at the start of the year led to the grim discovery that 126 chambers at the cemetery were ‘under water’. In an exclusive interview with Ayrshire Live, Mr Mitchell has lifted the lid on the initial works. The world-renowned exhumer is set to return to the crisis-hit Holmston Road graveyard. Download the Ayrshire Live app today The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7. The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you. The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.
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. “I opened a number of vaults and pumped out water from the top chamber which we expected to find and then inspected the area containing the burial and I was very disappointed to find they were full of water and each one was the same.” Ayrshire Live first reported that some families, who gave permission for their loved ones' graves to be inspected, were stunned to find no action had been taken.
Chief exhumer Peter Mitchell believes he can end suffering for Ayr Cemetery families ahead of grave works
Owners were left in the dark not knowing if water had been found in their lairs during the probe. However, Ayrshire Live can now confirm that 13 graves inspected in January were the oldest ones in the extension. Mr Mitchell said: “We selected the chambers that had been occupied for the longest period. “We didn’t know how many we would be able to check in the time we had. We investigated enough to conclude that there really was a serious problem.”
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Mr Mitchell was speaking ahead of his work to exhume 126 deceased from graves and place them into a dry coffin. The Ayr Cemetery works are scheduled to go ahead this month and meetings with families are ongoing.
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