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By Ashley Pemberton & Elaine Blackburne

A police force had to exhume the body of a woman after her grave was partially dug up in a "truly horrific" incident, it has been revealed. Cops were called to Carlton Cemetery in Barnsley, South Yorks, on May 2 after concerns were raised by a passer-by that the plot had been disturbed.

Forensic tents were seen erected in a section of the cemetery and officers cordoned the site off for several days as officers stood guard. On Friday, South Yorkshire Police revealed that the grave was occupied by two members of the same family.

And a woman's body had to be exhumed as part of their inquiries. A force spokesman said: "The woman's body was carefully and sensitively exhumed as part of enquiries to examine the circumstances surrounding the disturbance. This work has now concluded."

The woman's reburial took place during a private service at the cemetery on Friday. Flowers were laid on her grave and on the neighbouring graves.

Det Chief Insp Andrea Bowell said: "The family connected to this grave has been kept regularly updated on the work we have been carrying out. It has been an extremely sad and distressing time for them and I would like to thank them for their support and understanding while we carried out our enquiries.

"They have my sincere condolences. I would also like to thank members of the wider community for their patience - I know people have been unable to visit their loved ones while we have been on-site and I am grateful for your understanding."

Police at Carlton Cemetery (YappApp)

In a statement released by the force, the family paid tribute to those involved in the investigation. The statement read: "The family would like to thank each and every person that has been involved in this horrific case, for the work that has been necessary and for the work that needs to continue.

"The support we have received and the respect for us and our loved ones that have been disturbed has been beyond anything anyone could imagine. There are not many angels in this world but each and every person that has been involved are just that: angels.

"They have gone above and beyond their duty."

Carlton Cemetery was opened in 1935 and has over 22,000 throughout its grounds, with walkers and mourners free to access the site.

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