Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Funeral for ex-England mascot stabbed in Greece

Robert Sebbage's funeral
Image caption Robert Sebbage's funeral was held at St Mary's Church in Basingstoke

The funeral of a teenager from Hampshire who was stabbed on holiday in Greece has taken place.

Former England football mascot Robert Sebbage, 18, from Tadley, was on the island of Zakynthos with a group of friends when he was killed.

The teenager was on his first holiday abroad without his parents when he was attacked last month. A taxi driver, 21, has been charged with murder.

Mr Sebbage's funeral was held at St Mary's Church in Basingstoke.

During the service the minister, Trevor Woodget, said: "He'll never be forgotten and he leaves a deep sense of loss behind in our hearts.

"So many questions and emotions have been aroused by his death."

Mr Sebbage and his four college friends were attacked in the early hours of 13 July at the Laganas resort on the island, which is also known as Zante.

All five suffered knife wounds - Mr Sebbage fatally, and one of his friends seriously.

Mr Sebbage was the mascot for an England friendly with Brazil in 2007, walking out on to the Wembley pitch alongside David Beckham.

It was England's first match at the rebuilt stadium.

Stephen Sheedy, principal of Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke, where Mr Sebbage studied A-Levels in English language, media studies and sociology, said the group were all either students or former students of the college.

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