Undertaker who murdered wife and disposed of body given life sentence – The Independent

Posted April 3rd, 2013 in burials and cremation, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“An undertaker who was today found guilty of killing his wife in their bungalow and disposing of her body has been given a life sentence, of which he must serve a minimum of 17 years.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2013

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Sheep snow deaths: Farmers could get law change – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2013 in agriculture, animals, burials and cremation, EC law, news by sally

“Laws that prevent farmers burying dead animals could be relaxed to help those struggling after hundreds of sheep died in the recent snow.”

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BBC News, 2nd April 2013

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Richard III reburial plans breach human rights, say descendants – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 27th, 2013 in burials and cremation, human rights, judicial review, news by tracey

“Fifteen living relatives of the monarch, the last English king to die in battle almost 500 years before the European convention on human rights came into force, are threatening to launch a legal challenge seeking the Richard III’s reburial in York Minster, rather than the proposed Leicester Cathedral. An application for judicial review is to be lodged by lawyers in Leeds on behalf of the Plantagenet Alliance to bring the action against the Ministry of Justice, which granted the archaeological excavation licence to Leicester University, the Guardian reported.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2013

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Burial of a Child’s Remains – resolving parental disputes – Family Law Week

Posted March 1st, 2013 in burials and cremation, children, news by tracey

“Maeve O’Rourke, pupil barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings and Gwen Williams, Partner, Goodman Ray offer advice where parents are in dispute over where or how to dispose of their child’s remains.”

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Family Law Week, 28th February 2013

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Hans Rausing charged with highly unusual offence – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2012 in burials and cremation, news, preventing lawful & decent burial by tracey

“Common law offence of preventing lawful and decent burial was last reported in 1986.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2012

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Regina (Rudewicz) v Secretary of State for Justice (Save Fawley Court Committee and others, interested parties – WLR Daily

Regina (Rudewicz) v Secretary of State for Justice (Save Fawley Court Committee and others, interested parties) [2012] EWCA Civ 499;  [2012] WLR (D)  121

“It was for the Secretary of State of Justice, as the licensing authority for the exhumation of human remains (other than the power of a consistory court to grant a faculty to exhume human remains interred in consecrated ground of the Anglican Church), to determine on what grounds and in what circumstances to grant a licence to remove human remains. Apart from an obligation to act rationally and otherwise in accordance with the general law, there should be no fetter on his jurisdiction, nor any justification to import a presumption of permanence.”

WLR Daily, 24th April 2012

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Man jailed for father death fraud – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2012 in benefits, burials and cremation, fraud, news, theft by sally

“A man who did not report the death of his father for nearly five months and claimed his benefit payments has been jailed for three years.”

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The Independent, 14th March 2012

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Rapist Gerald Greenwood cannot be buried with wife, church rules – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in burials and cremation, child abuse, Church of England, news by tracey

“A Lancashire man jailed for child sex offences cannot be buried alongside his wife, church authorities have ruled.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2011

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King Arthur Pendragon loses human remains legal battle – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2011 in burials and cremation, judicial review, news by sally

“A druid who went to the High Court to try to stop researchers examining ancient human remains found at Stonehenge has failed in his legal bid.”

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BBC News, 23rd August 2011

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Grandmother’s corpse: Benefit fraud woman jailed – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2011 in benefits, burials and cremation, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

“A woman who left the corpse of her mother at their Wirral home unburied for up to six months has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2011

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Jail warning over unburied granny – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2011 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“A mother and daughter who left the corpse of a grandmother unburied for up to six months while one of them pocketed her pension were told they face jail today (13 June).”

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The Independent, 13th June 2011

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Plymouth parents call for cremation law change – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2011 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“A Devon couple whose stillborn baby was cremated without their knowledge are calling for the law regarding cremation to be changed.”

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BBC News, 9th May 2011

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In re St Andrew’s Churchyard, Alwalton – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2011 in burials and cremation, faculties, human rights, law reports by sally
“A petition for the exhumation of remains buried in consecrated land brought on the basis of an objection to enforcement of the churchyard regulations would not be granted where the petitioner had failed to establish special circumstances justifying an exception from the norm that Christian burial was final.”
WLR Daily, 10th February 2011

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Widow appeals to church court claiming dead husband’s human rights have been breached – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2011 in burials and cremation, human rights, news by sally

“A widow who found that the tributes she left on her husband’s grave were being moved took the case to the church court on the grounds that the dead man’s human rights were being breached.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2011

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Legislation forces archaeologists to rebury finds – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2011 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“Human remains from Stonehenge and other ancient settlements will be reburied and lost to science under legislation that threatens to cripple research into the history of humans in Britain, a group of leading archaeologists says today.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2011

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Burial law is threatening archaeological research, say experts – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2010 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“Severe restrictions on scientists’ freedom to study bones and skulls from ancient graves are putting archaeological research in Britain at risk, according to experts.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2010

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Lichfield diocese burial rule change after grave mix-up – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2010 in burials and cremation, Church of England, news by sally

“Burial rules in a West Midlands diocese have been changed after a mix-up with grave plots which led to a court ordering an exhumation.”

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BBC News, 7th April 2010

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R (Ghai) v Newcastle upon Tyne City Council (Ramgharia Gurdwara, Hitchin and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted February 15th, 2010 in burials and cremation, law reports by sally

R (Ghai) v Newcastle upon Tyne City Council (Ramgharia Gurdwara, Hitchin and others intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 59; [2010] WLR (D) 36

“The aims of the provisions of the Cremation Act 1902 were to ensure that cremations were subject to uniform rules throughout the country, to enable the Secretary of State to regulate the manner and places in which cremations were carried out, to require a crematorium to be a building which was appropriately equipped and to ensure that a crematorium was not located near homes or roads. Further, the Act envisaged that crematoria would be constructed, so that, provided a structure was relatively permanent and substantial so that it could properly be said to have been constructed and provided it could normally be so described, the structure would be a ‘building’ within s 2 giving that word its natural and wide meaning.”

WLR Daily, 12th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Hindu asks appeal court for open-air cremation – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2010 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“A Hindu takes his legal battle for the right to be cremated on a traditional open-air funeral pyre to the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Independent, 18th January 2010

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Court to decide over burial error – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“A church court is to decide whether to exhume a man’s body after he was buried in a plot reserved for a widow of another man.”

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BBC News, 2nd December 2009

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