Two members of staff were dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct following the investigation into two cemeteries in Berwick.
Northumberland County Council say they suspected problems at Berwick North Road and Tweedmouth Cemeteries in 2009.
They took over management of both cemeteries from Berwick Borough Council.
When officers identified irregularities at the cemetery two members of staff were suspended and a full internal investigation carried out. They were later dismissed.
Northumberland County Council say they have addressed staffing issues and identified a range of issues that are still being corrected.
Councillor Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council says he is sorry for distress caused to affected families:
“We understand that this could be extremely upsetting for people affected by this and we’re sorry for the distress caused. We are making a commitment to all of the families involved that we will deal with these issues in an extremely sensitive manner.
We are putting support in place to ensure that anyone affected has full knowledge and any support and guidance that they need during the work.
We understand that this may cause upset and uncertainty for people with friends or relatives buried there and we are deeply sympathetic towards them during this difficult time.
We would like to reassure people that we are working with the greatest of care, respect and sensitivity, and our sympathies are with anyone who is involved.
– Councillor Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council
The council is also reviewing all systems and procedures at the cemetery – and will be taking further actions which ensure that these types of inaccuracy do not occur in the future.
We anticipate that only a small number of people will be affected but a dedicated helpline has been set up for families who have any concerns.
An investigation has found bodies could have been buried in the wrong graves at two cemeteries in Berwick.
The independent investigation found that records for a number of burials had been incorrectly completed at Berwick North Road and Tweedmouth cemeteries, and around 30 families may be affected.
It has been discovered that over a number of years prior to 2009, records have not always been well kept, and there had been little supervision of procedures at the cemeteries.
Some important information is missing from the records for the cemeteries and some have not been kept correctly.
The errors could also mean that that the wrong memorial is on the grave, that the deeds have been issued incorrectly or that an unregistered burial has taken place.
A dedicated helpline has been set up for families who have any concerns on 08444 632330 (or 0203 4170270 for anyone outside the UK).