Derby council workers suspended over ‘disgusting’ cemetery TikTok videos
Three Derby City Council workers have been suspended pending a full investigation after "disgusting" videos emerged on social media which mocked the dead at a cemetery. The council has taken quick action after numerous videos on TikTok appeared to show disrespectful activities at the Nottingham Road Cemetery in Chaddesden - which the authority owns and manages. One of the videos shows a Derby City Council truck doing "doughnut" spins at the cemetery car park when it was covered in snow.
Another video showed a group of people walking along the cemetery with music from the horror TV show The Walking Dead playing in the background. And another saw a mock coffin being moved in a comical fashion into a chapel building which had the words engraved: "Step inside to see the future". Alarmed bosses at Derby City Council have suspended three of its workforce pending a full investigation.One video shows workers messing about with a coffin (Image: TikTok)
A spokesperson for Derby City Council said: "Having viewed the footage, we were extremely disappointed to identify three members of our staff.
We have acted swiftly and suspended them with immediate effect while we carry out a full investigation. "No one currently working at the cemetery has been involved in these videos. "We do not condone this kind of behaviour and we are sorry for the offence caused by these videos, which have now been deleted.
"We expect very high standards from our colleagues, and this has fallen far short of the professionalism shown by the majority of our employees."The videos have caused outrage among Derbyshire Live readers (Image: TikTok)
News of the videos has, understandably, been met with dismay and anger from the Derby public. Local councillors were also outraged by the footage. Derwent councillor James Testro said: "The videos are in extremely bad taste which could cause deep upset and hurt.
"I have family members who are buried at Nottingham Road Cemetery - my brother and my grandad - and also friends who have passed away. "The cemetery is a beautiful place and these videos are unacceptable." Dozens of Derbyshire Live readers also expressed their anger on social media after seeing the story.
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Paul Bale also made his feeling clear by commenting: "Disgusting. Name, shame and sack them!" And, on the Derbyshire Live website, Peachy1983 said: "This is disgusting, my dad is buried at this cemetery.
"I don't understand how people can be so disrespectful to the dead.
I'm so glad I've never been there when this has been happening.
They should be sacked - this behaviour can't be accepted."