Widow and daugh­ter fed up with dog walk­ers who let their pets run wild in ceme­tery I’m too scared to visit my hus­band’s grave, says Betty

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blood On The Streets - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk A great-grand­mother says she re­grets lay­ing her hus­band to rest in an Ash­ford ceme­tery af­ter un­ruly dogs have made her too ner­vous to visit his grave.

Pen­sioner Betty Croucher, 77, and her daugh­ter, Zoe De­hara, 51, say they are fed up with dog walk­ers who let their pets run wild and foul on graves in By­brook Ceme­tery, Ken­ning­ton.

Mrs Croucher, of Hawks Way, said: “The dog mess over there is dis­gust­ing. We have been chased and knocked off our feet by a mas­sive dog whose owner was sit­ting with his back to us.

“When we yelled he turned round and said ‘I didn’t hear you com­ing’.

“Some own­ers sit on the seats and are obliv­i­ous to what is go­ing on. If I had known of this dog prob­lem I would never have put my hus­band’s ashes to rest there.”

The women are now call­ing on own­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble when walk­ing their dogs in the ceme­tery.

“I am a bag of nerves when I go there,” said Mrs Croucher . “Just be­fore Christ­mas I was sit­ting on the seat and a dog came from nowhere. I jumped up. If only peo­ple re­alised not ev­ery ev­ery­one likes dogs.”

Mrs De­hara paid £550 for a bench near her fa­ther’s plot in the wood­land sec­tion of the ceme­tery and has planted a tree. How­ever, she now says she is too afraid to visit on her own.

She said: “Last year I was chased by a mas­tiff dog. The owner said it wouldn’t hurt me, but how do they know? I was bit bit­ten by a po­lice dog when I was 13.

“I’m now too scared to go over there on my own. I’ve seen peo­ple let their dogs run all over the graves. They should be made to keep them on a lead or be fined. ”

Mrs Croucher and Mrs De­hara have both com­plained to Ash­ford coun­cil about the prob­lem.

Mrs Croucher added: “We have no ob­jec­tion to dogs in the ceme­tery. We just ask that own­ers keep them on a lead. And if they mess, make sure you pick up af­ter them.”

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM3009701

Mother and daugh­ter Betty Croucher and Zoe De­hara say they are too scared to visit Mrs Croucher’s hus­band’s bench in By­brook Ceme­tery due to dogs be­ing off their leads

Sign ad­vis­ing own­ers to clean up af­ter their dogs in By­brook Ceme­tery

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