Safety inspections are set to be carried out on large memorials in two cemeteries in Montgomeryshire to make sure they are not at risk of falling over and injuring someone.

Powys County Council announced that work at Llanfyllin and Buttington cemeteries will begin in the next few weeks.

Cabinet member Cllr James Evans said: “Specialist staff will be carrying out inspections as part of a county programme and any memorial that is identified as dangerous will be made safe by laying it down. We appreciate that memorials are a sensitive subject but we have to be sure that our cemeteries are a safe place to visit and any that are potentially dangerous will be made safe.

“Notice warning visitors of the work will be erected in advance but given the age of memorials the council will not attempt to contact individual grave owners.”

Inspection work have already taken place at Hay-on-Wye, Machynlleth, Old Knighton and Nant Ddu cemeteries this year.

Powys County Council said more information on the work is available from the Environmental Protection Service at Neuadd Maldwyn, Welshpool. Carwyn Jones 01938 551300.