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Cpl Andrew Roberts funeral held in Middlesbrough

Cpl Andrew Roberts
Image caption Cpl Andrew Roberts died in a mortar attack in Helmand Province

The funeral of a soldier killed in southern Afghanistan has taken place in his home town of Middlesbrough.

Cpl Andrew Roberts, from the Royal Logistic Corps, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Battlegroup, died in a mortar attack on 4 May.

The 32-year-old father-of-three was described as a "hugely respected member of a very close fighting unit".

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the cortege passed, with the coffin draped in the regimental colours.

The first port of call was the Riverside Stadium, home of the club Cpl Roberts supported, where staff stood in silence to show their respects.

'Great sadness'

It then made its way to Middlesbrough Town Hall, where it was met by Cpl Roberts's partner and their three children.

Image caption People lined the streets of Middlesbrough as the cortege passed

A humanist service and burial at Acklam Cemetery will take place later.

The section commander joined the Army in 1998, and was on his second tour of Afghanistan after previously serving in Bosnia and Iraq.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Dom Fletcher, said it meant a lot to see so many people paying their respects.

He added: "He was an extremely professional soldier; fit, brave and tenacious.

"It's extremely unfortunate and a great sadness that he lost his life."

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