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Funeral of murdered Burntwood man takes place

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

The funeral of a Burntwood man who was shot dead in his own home has taken place.

Richard Deakin was buried at Willenhall Lawn Cemetery today (August 19) following a church service at St Mark’s in Great Wyrley.

The 27-year-old died on July 5 after being shot in the chest by intruders at his Meadway Street home while his wife Megan took their two children to school.

The offenders escaped in a black Vauxhall Corsa which was found abandoned less than a mile away in Coppy Nook Lane, off Hospital Road, Burntwood. The car is believed to have had two men inside.

Songs recorded by his wife were played during the service and the coffin left the church to the anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone. Matthew Tew, a relative who flew in from Spain for the funeral, read a poem.

Members of the Staffordshire Police inquiry team investigating Mr Deakin’s death, including family liaison officers, were among the 200-plus mourners.

Ch Insp Selwyn Burton, of Trent Valley division, said:

“Our thoughts are with Mr Deakin’s family and friends on this sad day. “The investigation by a dedicated team of officers from our Major Investigations Department continues. We would urge anyone with information not to hesitate in coming forward.

“If, for any reason, they don’t want to call the inquiry team direct, then they can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Two men arrested in connection with the inquiry remain on bail.

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