Funeral of moped crash teen

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Mourners packed into a Belper church to pay their respects to tragic teenage crash victim Liam Porter.

More than 200 schoolmates, friends and family members bade the 16-year-old an emotional farewell during a service at St Peter’s Church.

The Belper School pupil died after his Aprilia moped was involved in a collision with a car at about 5.15pm on October 23.

Following the accident, large piles of floral tributes were laid near the site of the accident on Far Laund and groups of pupils held vigils at the roadside, where candles were also lit.

During his funeral, mourners honoured the family’s wish that it should be a celebration of life, with the order of service containing a picture of Liam with a beaming smile and his thumbs raised. The pallbearers also wore brightly striped ties.

Liam’s mum, Claire Heart, said the “1,000 tears” she had cried will not bring him back and also read out a poem in which she said she would “cherish the memories” she had of Liam.

His stepfather, Simon Heart, told the congregation how Liam had been born prematurely, adding that Liam was not “one in a million, he was one in the world”.

After the service, family and friends committed Liam’s body at Markeaton Crematorium, before holding a celebration of his life at Belper Town Football Club.

An inquest into Liam’s death has been opened and adjourned.

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