Businessman ordered to destroy extension after building into graveyard next door


Furious locals say Charles Ryan, 73, ‘desecrated many graves’ with the extension – but the former businessman claims the council knocked over the plots because they were ‘becoming unsafe’

Charles Ryan, 73, has been ordered to rebuild the graveyard wall

A former businessman has been ordered to tear down his garage conversion after he knocked down a graveyard wall to build the extension.

Charles Ryan, 73, brought down an 11ft stretch of dry stone wall outside St John the Baptist Church, in Quebec, County Durham, and extended his home alongside the gravestones.

Angry residents in the area say the move “desecrated many graves” – but Mr Ryan claims the council had already knocked over the plots because they were “becoming unsafe”.

Durham Constabulary is now investigating reports of damage to the wall and graves.

Mr Ryan, a former businessman, only…

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