A MAN who died after a fire at a North East graveyard this morning is believed to have been reported missing by loved ones, police have this afternoon confirmed.

Family members have been informed following an incident at Ushaw Moor Cemetery, near Durham.

Emergency services were called shortly after 6am on Thursday (April 28) after the alarm was raised at the site near Broom Lane.

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “Control mobilised two crews to the scene.

“Despite the best efforts of emergency services, a man was very sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and the wider community at this difficult time.”

The cemetery has been closed to the public and a police cordon is currently in place.

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Investigators from Durham Constabulary have been at the scene all morning, a force spokesman said: “Sadly a man was found deceased at the scene.

“Enquiries are ongoing to confirm his identity but officers believe it to be that of a missing man and his family are in the process of being notified.

“It is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“No graves have been affected.

“The cemetery will be closed for the remainder of today but is expected to reopen tomorrow and we would like to thank the public for their patience.”


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