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Family condemn turbine near grave

The family of a teenager stabbed to death has been left devastated a second time after a wind turbine was sited next to his grave.

John and Margaret Lawson and their children Theresa and Mark have condemned the “monstros-ity” built in St Peter’s Cemetery in Glasgow’s London Road.

Kevin Lawson was just 19 when he was stabbed to death in Tollcross on March 8, 2003.

George Monaghan, 27, from Partick, was jailed in February 2004 for 11 years for culpable homicide.

Kevin’s final resting place has become a place of solace for his family who regularly visit the grave. But on Saturday, Mrs Lawson, 57, noticed the wind turbine in the cemetery when she was walking nearby.

Mum-of-two Theresa, 36, went to visit her brother’s grave with her 10 year-old son. She said: “It was terrible. My son said ‘mum that’s horrible’. My mum and dad were totally distraught.”

The family own two other plots next to the turbine and say they weren’t consulted. The turbine is in the car park but Kevin’s grave is next to it in a plot specially chosen as a quiet place and to make it easier for Mr Lawson, who has difficulty walking, to visit.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, said: “We applied for all the necessary permissions from Glasgow City Council.”

A spokeswoman from the city council said all conditions of planning permission were met and no objections were made.