Funeral date for tragic tot

Pictured are Paula Ardron-Gemmell, Elaine Silverwood, Steve Lilley and Lyn Braithwaite who helped raise money for the funeral

Pictured are Paula Ardron-Gemmell, Elaine Silverwood, Steve Lilley and Lyn Braithwaite who helped raise money for the funeral

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A TRAGIC baby found dead in a remote stream will finally be laid to rest next week.

The body of the little boy was discovered just outside Kirkham last year and, despite an ongoing police investigation, his family has never be found.

Lancashire Police vowed they will leave “no stone unturned” in the hunt for the youngster’s mother, but, after an outpouring of generosity from the local community, they have finally given the go-ahead for the funeral to take place.

Local residents raised more than £1,000 towards the costs and Billingtons funeral directors have offered their services for free.

The service will take place at St Michael’s Church in the town on Wednesday, June 13, at 5pm.

Coun Elaine Silverwood, who has co-ordinated arrangements on behalf of the town council and local businesses, said: “The response from the community has been absolutely incredible. After the boy was found and everybody was shocked and distressed, everyone instantly wanted to ensure this little boy was given a proper funeral.”

Preston-based stonemasons the McMurray Brothers have agreed to provide a headstone for free, and a public meeting will now be held to decide on a local children’s charity for the remaining funds to be donated to.

A large turn-out is expected for Wednesday’s service, with many town centre shops expected to close early. The service will be led by the Reverend Richard Bunday,

The baby’s body was discovered by a couple out walking their dog on Saturday. October 1 last year at Spen Brook, a few hundreds yards from the Boys’ Brigade Club on Carr Lane.

The case has since been the subject of local and national police appeals, and has featured on BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow, who is leading the investigation, said: “The people of Kirkham have clearly been deeply moved by what has happened and I would like to thank them for pulling together in the face of this tragedy to raise money and offer their services so that this little boy can be put to rest.

“This remains very much an ongoing investigation and I believe the answers are out there somewhere.

“We will not rest and leave no stone unturned until we get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.”