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Sir David Amess’ coffin draped in Union Jack flag and carried on horse-drawn hearse

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Sir David Amess’ coffin draped in Union Jack flag and carried on horse-drawn hearse

Mourners gathered in Southend to pay their respects to the late Sir David Amess today.

A funeral service took place at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell followed by a procession through the streets of his Southend West constituency.

The father-of-five was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on 15 October.

Sir David’s coffin was draped in a Union Jack flag and carried into the churchyard by a horse-drawn hearse.

In a statement, the MP's family asked people to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all”.

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