Two people have been buried in the wrong plots at a cemetery, the Daily Echo can reveal.

An investigation has been launched at Bishopstoke Cemetery after the mistakes were realised following recent burials.

The parish council which runs the cemetery at the edge of Stoke Park Woods has apologised and vowed to resolve the problem.

Politicians in the area have reacted to the mix up with shock.

Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes told the Echo: "It is deeply concerning that this has happened.

"Everyone has the right to say goodbye to their loved ones and know that they have that special resting place.

"This is very concerning and I’m glad that an investigation is taking place."

The error was discovered on February 2, prompting an investigation by Bishopstoke Parish Council.

Daily Echo: Bishopstoke CemeteryBishopstoke Cemetery (Image: Newsquest)

In a statement, it said: “The council is determined to address this as quickly as possible so that all concerned can have the comfort they deserve in knowing their loved ones are in their permanent resting place.

“Those involved have been contacted to determine the best path forward for everyone."

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The council added: “Once the investigation is complete then its recommendations will be considered by the council, and measures will be adopted to ensure that this does not happen again.

“Our deepest sympathies go to all those affected by this unfortunate situation.”

A double exhumation may happen if that is deemed the best decision by the affected families.

Further updates will be provided by the council as the investigation progresses.

Louise Parker-Jones, independent councillor for Bishopstoke at Eastleigh Borough Council, said she was sorry to learn of the incident.

She said: "I was saddened to learn that loved ones were not laid to rest as intended.

"My thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time."

Specific details surrounding the incident and the graves involved have not been disclosed.

It is not known how long the bodies have been in the wrong plots at the cemetery.

The site was opened in the mid-1950s with the first burial taking place in November of 1958.

The parish council website says: " There are no council staff present at a burial and the funeral director must be present to oversee the burial at all times."