Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Saturday 07 March 1931
Traces of Motor In Churchyard.
Mysterious Happening at Darfield.
The local police are investigating mysterious happening at Darfield.
Some time during Thursday night the iron gates leading into the graveyard of the Parish Church of All Saints’ were broken down and gravestones damaged. When the police went to investigate affair they were surprised to find traces of a motor having been in the churchyard.
The roads in the centre of Darfield are extremely narrow, and about 100 yards from the church gates the through road turns abruptly the left. A motorist not knowing the district might straight ahead, and possibly this is what happened. The mystery has deepened the fact that after smashing the gates, the motor was driven 100 yards into the churchyard. It would have to pass down footpath not more than six feet wide in places and closely flanked with gravestones.
A driver would find it difficult to miss the gravestones in daylight; moreover, the vehicle must have been driven backwards again, for there is room to turn round. A heavy headstone was knocked over. The gate is only eight feet wide. There are houses near the church, but no one was disturbed during the night.