Arrests in connection with feud which led to theft of boys' skulls from grave

Sickening: Forensic examination at the scene in Durham
Sickening: Forensic examination at the scene in Durham

Four people have been charged in relation to an ongoing feud between members of the travelling community which escalated when two teenagers' skulls were dug up from their grave.

Durham Police said the men were arrested in connection with a series of incidents in the North East and South Yorkshire.

In recent weeks, homes in the Darlington area have been damaged.

And at the weekend, the grave of Levi George Price and his brother Gareth, who died aged 16 in 2001 and 2005 respectively, was desecrated.

A white tent was erected in the graveyard in Metal Bridge near Ferryhill, County Durham.

Durham Police said the latest charges did not relate to that incident.

The men were arrested by North Yorkshire Police on Monday then transferred to custody in the South Yorkshire police area and have subsequently been charged with conspiracy to commit GBH.

Three of the men, Craig Price, 37, John Watson, 28, and David Watson, 28, who are all from the Doncaster area, have been remanded to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on December 22.

John Stewart, 20, also from the Doncaster area will appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Read: Skulls of boys removed from graves amid feud between travelling families.