Residents with Christmas items on graves in Halton’s three cemeteries are being advised that they will be removed in early February.

In preparation for grass cutting, the council’s cemetery staff will begin to remove wreaths and other Christmas items from Runcorn, Widnes and Halton cemeteries week beginning February 3.

A spokeswoman said: "This takes place every year about one month after the festive season.

"Wreaths and decorations have usually got into a poor state after a month and the council receives many complaints about them.

"Notices are displayed in advance of any removals taking place.

"Therefore if there are any Christmas tributes on graves that grave owners wish to keep, please remove them prior to this date."