TikTok videos mocking the dead at Derby cemetery
Disturbing videos appearing to mock the dead and visitors to a Derby cemetery have emerged. Derbyshire Live has been made aware of a number of videos uploaded on an individual’s profile on social media website TikTok which show “disrespectful” activities at the Nottingham Road Cemetery, in Chaddesden, in recent months. One such video shows what appears to be a Derby City Council truck doing “doughnut” spins when the graveyard car park was covered in snow.
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Shockingly, another video from the same profile page shows two people appearing to move a ‘mock’ coffin inside a chapel with a plate reading: “Step inside to see the future”. More disturbing footage shows chairs being thrown from high in a building into a truck with a voiceover, including a number of expletives. Derby City Council said it was not aware of the videos before being sent them by Derbyshire Live and has since launched a full investigation.
One reader, who did not wish to be named, says she was appalled by the videos. She said: “It represents disrespect, insensitivity and wasting of Derby taxpayer money. “Even during the pandemic, they show increased disrespect to the dead and loved ones in mourning.
“It brings disrepute to the process and it has to be asked, would you want to be in this team’s care after you or a loved one has died?” Councillors in both the Derwent and Chaddesden wards were “outraged” after being informed of the footage by Derbyshire Live. Chaddesden councillor Rob Cooper said: “The videos shown to me by Derbyshire Live today would shock many people who have loved ones buried at Derby City Council-run cemeteries.
“Those buried at Derby’s cemeteries, rightly deserve to rest in peace; which all DCC employees should as a matter of course fully understand. “I’m demanding an immediate and full investigation is launched to find out who the people are involved, when they happened and the exact locations, these videos took place.”
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“Why people would want to behave in such a manner I will never know. I will be sending the footage to Derby City Council bosses for urgent investigation.” Derwent councillor Tracey Pearce said: “Having been made aware of these videos by Derbyshire Live, I’m very shocked and saddened such behaviour may have taken place in our local cemetery.
“The families of all those laid to rest at Nottingham Road Cemetery expect the cemetery to be a place of peace for their departed loved ones. “I expect and demand answers to know who may have made these videos, why they did them and I’m hoping an immediate investigation by DCC will be launched forthwith.”
A Derby City Council truck doing ‘doughnuts’ at a Derby graveyard (Image: TikTok)
Derby City Council has branded the material “insensitive and disrespectful” and has launched an investigation. A Derby City Council spokesperson said: “The Council was not aware of these videos, however we have launched a full investigation to identify those involved.
“The content is insensitive and disrespectful, and we do not condone this behaviour. “We would be extremely disappointed to discover involvement by a Council employee and we will take appropriate action if necessary. “This would fall far short of the professional standards we expect from our colleagues.
“We have also reported these videos to TikTok.”
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