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Funeral of Hayley Holmes, found drowned in New Brighton

Hayley Holmes funeral
Image caption Hayley Holmes's cortege drove through her school grounds

The funeral of a teenage girl who was found drowned on a Wirral beach has taken place.

The body of Hayley Holmes, 17, was discovered on New Brighton beach on 29 August. Her 21-year-old boyfriend, Robbie Crofts, remains missing.

Police found a pair of women's sandals and a pair of men's trainers near where Hayley's body was found, along with a mobile phone.

The funeral was held at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium in Woodchurch.

About 800 girls from Upton Hall School lined the school drive in silence as Hayley's funeral cortege drove through the grounds.

Her younger sister Keely paid tribute at the funeral.

"You were my role model, my inspiration, my world, I always looked up to you," she said.

The songs Fix You by Coldplay and Dakota by Stereophonics were played.

Image caption Hayley Holmes' family have described the teenager as a "bright shining star"

Last week, her friends and family gathered on New Brighton beach, close to the spot where she was found, to release balloons and lanterns in her memory.

Mr Crofts, who has a two-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, had spent the day of 28 August with Hayley at Liverpool's Mathew Street festival.

The North West Underwater Search and Marine Unit, Coastguard and North West Air Operations Unit have been searching for him.

Police have also been monitoring his bank and mobile phone accounts and checking CCTV in the area.

Mr Crofts' mother, Ellen Ann, said she refused to believe her son was dead.

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