Outrage as allegations of asbestos buried just yards from loved ones’ graves under investigation. Photo credit: Shirebrook Cemetery by Jonathon Clitheroe.

Council bosses are investigating claims asbestos has been buried in a Derbyshire cemetery.

Allegations that the hazardous material is underground in Shirebrook Cemetery, on Common Lane, were made on social media last week.

Shirebrook North ward candidate David Downes made the claims on a community Facebook group on Wednesday April 26.

In the Facebook post Mr Downes wrote: “Fuming is an understatement if it’s true.

“Just found out that there has been a burial at the cemetery in Shirebrook.

“Asbestos has been dumped and buried along with our loved ones.”

Shirebrook Town Council officials said their staff were not responsible for digging at the site but confirmed they are looking into the allegations.

Funeral directors employ contractors to dig graves for burials.

A town council spokesperson said: “We do not conduct our own digging for burials at Shirebrook Cemetery, and haven’t done so since mid-2014.

“We have no involvement in this process; however, we are confident that if any asbestos had been discovered by those contractors, it would have been reported to us.

“We do appreciate the worry and upset that this social media post may have caused to families whose loved ones are buried at Shirebrook Cemetery.

“We therefore intend to make our own enquiries into this matter.”

The allegations claim that the asbestos was dumped in the cemetery in 2019.