Family to hold funeral for Grace Millane today

Family and friends of Lincoln graduate Grace Millane will attend her funeral today after she was killed on a backpacking trip to New Zealand.

There will be a service held at Brentwood Cathedral at 11:30am on Thursday, January 10 before Grace is buried in Ramsden Bellhouse, a village close to the family home in Essex.

It will be a private day for those who were close to the former University of Lincoln student, where flowers will be laid by the family only.

As previously reported, the 22-year-old went missing during her trip around New Zealand before her body was found by local police as part of a murder probe.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern held back tears as she apologised to the Millane family.

Grace pictured at her graduation earlier this year. Photo: Facebook

As part of the investigation into Grace’s death, a 26-year-old man was charged and appeared at court in New Zealand.

Her hockey teammates set up a fundraiser in her honour and managed to raise nearly £6,000 in total for two charities.