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Massed ranks at Holly Burke's funeral 'showed how much she was loved by the force'

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Poignant songs and touching tributes to tragic PCSO.

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Solemn act: Leading the cortege at Wyre Forest crematorium for PCSO Holly Burke's funeral

Colleagues put on a brave face as they paid their final respects at the funeral of a police community support officer who “greeted everyone with a big smile”

Dozens of West Midland officers lined the entrance to Wyre Forest Crematorium in a guard-of-honour tribute to PCSO Holly Burke – killed in a crash last month after a car being tailed by police failed to stop during a 15-minute pursuit.

The hearse carrying PCSO Burke’s coffin was followed by a police car and four outriders while officers carrying blue roses greeted the family as the cortege came to a stop in the crematorium grounds.

As the coffin was carried inside, Smile by Nat King Cole was playing softly in the background. Other songs by George Ezra, Jess Glynn, Freya Ridings and Ed Sheeran punctuated the service.

Thursday's large attendance saw a number of mourners forced to watch and listen to proceedings via TV screens as the Rev Viv Baldwin and Matthew Hopley led the service.

Catherine Boraston, one of PCSO Burke’s colleagues, said her friend greeted “everyone with a big smile and always had us smiling with her singing voice”.

A family statement was also read out: “She thought it was her role in life to put people first. She has so much more to do in her life and this has been taken away from her. We will always remember her infectious smile.”

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Colleagues put on a brave face as they paid their final respects at the funeral of a police community support officer who “greeted everyone with a big smile”

Dozens of West Midland officers lined the entrance to Wyre Forest Crematorium in a guard-of-honour tribute to PCSO Holly Burke – killed in a crash last month after a car being tailed by police failed to stop during a 15-minute pursuit.

The hearse carrying PCSO Burke’s coffin was followed by a police car and four outriders while officers carrying blue roses greeted the family as the cortege came to a stop in the crematorium grounds.

As the coffin was carried inside, Smile by Nat King Cole was playing softly in the background. Other songs by George Ezra, Jess Glynn, Freya Ridings and Ed Sheeran punctuated the service.

Thursday's large attendance saw a number of mourners forced to watch and listen to proceedings via TV screens as the Rev Viv Baldwin and Matthew Hopley led the service.

Catherine Boraston, one of PCSO Burke’s colleagues, said her friend greeted “everyone with a big smile and always had us smiling with her singing voice”.

A family statement was also read out: “She thought it was her role in life to put people first. She has so much more to do in her life and this has been taken away from her. We will always remember her infectious smile.”

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Cathedral Bobby

Sad, very sad. Prayers for Holly and blessing on your family, friends and colleagues

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