A MAN accused of driving a JCB in a wrecking spree which caused ‘tens of thousands’ of pounds worth of damage appeared before Mansfield magistrates on Monday.
Council bosses have been left with a bill for damage to three graves, cemetery gates, fencing, stone pillars and a wall after the incident at Church Warsop on Saturday evening.
Thirty-four-year-old Steven Regan, of Colenso Terrace, Leeds, was charged with nine offences - including two counts of theft of JCB diggers, criminal damage to three gravestones and a wall, dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence and driving without insurance.
Coun Peter Crawford, ward councillor for Warsop Carrs on Mansfield District Council, said he had sympathy for the families of loved ones who have had their graves damaged.
He said: “It is a sorry state of affairs. What can you say to people who have had their graves destroyed? All you can do is try and get them up to the original state, but that can be hard.
“We will do our duty as parish councillors. At the end of the day I am just pleased no-one was hurt.”
Regan will appear before magistrates again on Tuesday via video link.