Mourners gathered and tears were shed as the funeral procession for Boston schoolboy Roberts Buncis travelled through the streets of Boston on Thursday afternoon.

An inquest earlier this month revealed that 12-year-old Roberts, who was born in Liepaja in Latvia and lived with his dad Edgars in Boston, suffered fatal stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

His body was found at Alcorn Green in Fishtoft on December 12 last year, just two days before his 13th birthday. A 14-year-old is due to stand trial for murder.

Prior to the private family service at Boston Cemetery, the funeral procession went down Tawney Street/Robin Hood’s Walk and people were able to pay their respects along the route.

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

People were advised not to gather in groups, to wear face masks and to observe social distancing but school friends and members of staff were allowed to pay their respects and release balloons as Roberts’ funeral procession passed.

Balloons were later tied onto the railings at Haven High Academy, which Roberts attended.

Residents were also allowed to stand outside their homes in the sleet and snow as the hearse passed along streets near Roberts’ home.

Family friend Agnes Emsina, who raised over £21,000 for Roberts’ family via a JustGiving Page, previously said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, and limited numbers permitted at funerals, people were asked not to enter the cemetery or chapel and anyone doing so would be turned away.

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

Roberts’ father Edgars had urged people to “please remember Roberts with flowers and a smile”.

Matthew Van Lier, headteacher at Haven High, described Roberts in a tribute as a “popular young man destined for a life of joy, happiness and success”.

Edgars Buncis and his son Roberts. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

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| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

The recent inquest was adjourned pending further police inquiry as Lincolnshire Police’s murder investigations continue.

Three teenagers were arrested as a result of the incident, a 14-year-old boy was eventually charged with murder while the other two, a 19-year-old and a 13-year-old, were released.

The 14-year-old boy who was charged with murder appeared in court on Monday, December 14 with a bandage wrapped around a hand wound.

The suspect will face a provisional trial date on June 21 in connection with the incident.

A Skegness man accused of murder over the Christmas period is to stand trial in front of a jury in later this year.

Scott Rowen, 28, of Glentworth Crescent, Skegness, is accused of the murder of Jordan Siree, 26, who died following an incident on December 22.

No charge was put to Rowen when he appeared via video link for a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for a further hearing on February 22 and set a trial date for August 16 this year.

Rowen, who spoke only to confirm his name, was remanded in custody.

A police cordon was put in place at the rear of the County Hotel in Skegness.

He was charged with murder on December 24 after police found Siree injured at his home on Glentworth Crescent.

Mr Siree was found with serious injuries after police attended a property in Glentworth Crescent, Skegness.

He was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of the following day.

A 33-year-old coastguard volunteer in Lincolnshire has been selected as one of the first four shooters who will represent Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020/1 Olympic Games this summer.

Aaron Heading was born in Kings Lynn in Norfolk and is currently based at Long Sutton in Lincolnshire.

The four-time World Cup medallist will take part in the men’s trap competition at his first Olympic Games, which will take place between July 23 and August 8 this year.

Heading is also a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist, including Gold in Delhi in 2010. In 2018, he achieved the World number one spot in Olympic Trap.

The following year he won a bronze medal at the European Games in Minsk in 2019 and he has a ‘wall of fame’ at his parent’s house in Lincolnshire.

This week he was chosen by the British Olympic Association as one of the first four shooters, alongside Kirsty Hegarty (women’s Olympic trap), Matt Coward-Holley (men’s Olympic trap) and Seonaid McIntosh (women’s 50m 3 position rifle and 10m air rifle).

The quartet will all make their debuts at the Asaka Shooting Range in Japan this summer. It is a particularly great story for Aaron who had considered retiring after being involved in a serious crash.

Just weeks after winning Commonwealth silver at Glasgow 2014, Heading crashed his motorbike and nearly lost his leg. He was in hospital for nearly two-and-a-half weeks and in a wheelchair for two months.

He initially looked at retiring and later became a volunteer with the Sutton Bridge Coastguard, where he still works, covering the marshes and seaways of South Lincolnshire.

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