WREXHAM Council has hit out over “disrespectful and illegal” behaviour after a bird was shot at a crematorium.
The local authority said the incident recently took place at Pentrebychan Crematorium in Rhostyllen.
Officials have also received complaints from visitors over foul language being used at the site.
The facility handles more than 1,700 cremations per year, with many people returning to visit the final resting place of their loved ones to mark special occasions.
A council spokesperson has now called for people to show respect to those remembering family and friends who have died.
“Many of us have had reason to visit the crematorium in Pentre Bychan, either to attend a funeral of a close family member or friend or to pay our respects and remember those who were cremated there.
“The majority of visitors are very decent and respectful people who treat the trematorium and grounds with dignity but there’s a very small minority who are taking advantage of the peaceful surroundings.
“The most recent incident resulted in complaints about foul language, and, sadly a wild bird being shot.
“Incidents such as these are rare but staff would like to remind everyone that the crematorium and grounds are no place for such behaviour.
“Not only is it disrespectful but it’s also illegal and the matter is now in the hands of the police.
“If you see anything that causes you concern when you are visiting the area please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff on site who will be happy to help.”
The grounds of the crematorium extend for 40 acres and are maintained as a semi-natural woodland area.
The site provides a haven for wildflife with animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls.
A section of Offa’s Dyke also passes through the crematorium grounds.
Darren Williams, the council’s chief environment and technical officer, said: “The incident mentioned was particularly upsetting for visitors and staff.
“It’s an area for respect and dignity and we should all remember that it is an area that many choose as their final resting place for their loved ones.”