Derby TikTok graveyard jokers’ punishments in full
The leader of Derby City Council has revealed that two of three workers who appeared to mock the dead at a city cemetery in a number of distasteful TikTok videos have been sacked. Last week, Derbyshire Live reported that the city council had refused to say what action had been taken over the workers, who were suspended after the videos had been uploaded onto a personal profile page of the social media app TikTok in early summer. But now Councillor Chris Poulter has said that he thinks the public should be aware of the outcome of disciplinary proceedings and added that the third worker “had received a final warning”.
Last week, the city council said it has taken “appropriate action” against those involved – but not explained what that action was. Despite being challenged, Derby City Council said it would not disclose the outcome of the investigation as it was a contractual “private arrangement” between the council and the employees in question. But Mr Poulter has now said the public had been rightly concerned about what had happened earlier in the year regarding the videos.
He said: “None of those involved have been named or identified. But it is important that the public see that we have taken their concerns seriously and dealt with the situation promptly. The council has it’s reputation to think of and has dealt with this matter properly.
“Two workers have been sacked pending any appeals and the third worker has received a final warning.”
A Derby City Council truck doing ‘doughnuts’ at a Derby graveyard (Image: TikTok)
Back in the summer, the video clips were met with widespread dismay and public anger. One video clip showed workers doing doughnut spins in a Derby City Council truck at the Nottingham Road Cemetery car park in Chaddesden when it was covered in snow. Another video showed a group of people walking along the cemetery with music from horror TV show The Walking Dead playing in the background.
And a third video clip saw a mock coffin being moved into a chapel.
One video shows workers messing about with a coffin (Image: TikTok)
Derby City Council said at the time they were “extremely disappointed” to identify three members of staff in the video clips and had “acted swiftly” to suspend them and had launched a full investigation. Since the investigation started, the council has been regularly asked for updates on its outcome. Last week, confirming that action had been taken but declining to say what it was, a council spokesman said: “Our colleagues in bereavement services have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and have gone over and above to support our residents with care and compassion.
“The videos did not represent the behaviour we expect from our employees. A full investigation has been carried out and completed in line with our procedures, and appropriate action taken. “The council remains committed to providing a personal and sensitive service to all bereaved families we work with in the crematorium and cemeteries.”
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