High security fencing is to be installed around a cemetery in the Black Country to ward off any potential vandalism.

The site, which also has a crematorium, in Blackheath, Sandwell, is a possible target for anti-social behaviour and the area's council aims to stamp out this problem by erecting the fencing.

In a scheme which will cost £11,000 to complete, the Powke Lane site of grievance will be subjected to extensive building to secure the high-quality condition the cemetery is currently in.

The decision comes after consultation between the local authority and bereaved family members; work is due to start in the next few weeks.

Barbara Price, of Sandwell council, said: "At the end of the day we do not want to see any form of anti-social behaviour at the site and we want to keep the cemetery in first-class condition."

Many authorities across the country have taken similar steps to prevent the problem of vandalism on graves which are wholly sentimental to grieving families.

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