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Grieving mother, 30, is ordered by cemetery bosses to make her baby's grave smaller

A grieving mother-of-three has been ordered to shorten her baby's grave because it is too close to another plot.

Becky Taylor, 30, was told workmen would tamper with her daughter Phoenix Lola Jackson's memorial plot if she did not make it smaller herself.

Orbitas Bereavement Services told her the baby's resting place was 'encroaching' on another plot at the Children's Garden in Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire. 

Ms Taylor, who has three other children aged nine, four and three, said she was sent a letter which left her feeling 'fuming'.

She told The Sun her baby died seven years ago and until now there were no issues with the size of the memorial.

Phoenix Lola Jackson was stillborn after Ms Taylor went into labour at 37 weeks and five days pregnant on September 25, 2014. 

Becky Taylor, 30, was told workmen would tamper with her daughter Phoenix Lola Jackson's memorial plot if she did not make it smaller. She is pictured with her three children

Orbitas Bereavement Services told her the baby's resting place was 'encroaching' on another plot at the Children's Garden in Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire

'When she was buried, we put a border around straight away before the ground lowered, so we know that we've not gone over,' Ms Taylor said.

The manager of Orbitas has not been in contact since Ms Taylor was forced to cancel a meeting because her child had a doctors appointment, she claimed.

She said he told her to ring him when she was free, but she has since been unable to get through.       

Councillor Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council's environment and communities committee said they 'do make allowances where possible' but 'reserve the right' to remove items placed at memorials.

She said her baby died seven years ago and until now there were no issues with the size of the memorial. Pictured, the letter which left Ms Taylor 'fuming'

The manager of Orbitas has not been in contact since she was forced to cancel a meeting because her child had a doctors appointment, she claimed. Pictured, the graveyard

He added: 'In some cases these gardens are spilling over onto plots that are needed for the burials of other residents' loved ones.'

The council has written to some graveowners to ask them to shorten their plots so the gardens take up no more than 2ft of the 3ft grave space so access is not blocked for other visitors.  

MailOnline has contacted Cheshire East Council for comment.  

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