Son’s cheeky gravestone removed from cemetery for being ‘too offensive’

A grave headstone has been removed for being "too offensive".

The family launched a petition for it's return in Adelaide, Australia, reported 7 News.

After a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis Peter Bridge died in April last year at the age of 33.

When Peter's dad, Arthur, chose his son's headstone he wanted to have something that reflected his Peter and his sense of humour.

The cheeky tombstone had been up for months until in January it was removed for being "too offensive".

Arthur has expressed his outrage at the decision, in the petition.

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He wrote: “There are a ridiculous amount of reasons as to why this is not acceptable.

“First and foremost, we were not even notified of his headstone’s removal – there was absolutely no regard for the memory and resting place of our boy.

“Secondly, the picture of Peter is so small, you’d have to be standing right in front of it to even see it properly.

“If his picture did offend someone, why is it anyone’s problem but theirs? That is our son’s personal resting space.”

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The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority told 7NEWS it received a number of written and phone complaints from the public about Peter’s tombstone.

Chief Operations Officer Michael Robertson said: “Numerous attempts were made to call the Bridge family to discuss this before the monument was removed. Our calls were not returned.

“Adelaide Cemeteries has since met with the Bridge family on a number of occasions to try to resolve the issue."

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He added that they had suggested “a number of solutions” to the family and offered to meet any costs involved but the family had declined.

“Adelaide Cemeteries remains prepared to work with the Bridge family to find a solution.”

The petition has had nearly 2,500 signatures.

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