Funeral of children murdered in Spain

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Funeral of children murdered in Spain

THE funeral of two children suffocated by their mother in a Costa Brava hotel room has taken place.

Rebecca Smith, five, and her 11-month-old brother Daniel, were buried during a private ceremony in Lloret de Mar – the town where they were killed.

Mother Lianne Smith – who has been charged with their murders at the Hotel Miramar – was not allowed out of jail to attend.

And father Martin Anthony Smith – formerly one of Britain’s ‘most-wanted’- has been remanded in custody in Carlisle for unrelated child sex offences.

Although attended by 40 mourners, not one family member was present for the ceremony.

Last month, Smith, 45, from North Tyneside, was extradited to the UK from Barcelona to face 13 charges.

British consular officials and representatives of the town’s civic administration attended the service.

“Rebecca and Daniel’s parents authorised a local funeral director to make funeral arrangements,” said a Foreign Office spokesperson. “Neither parent was able to attend.”

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