Bradford

Funeral for Bradford woman Shelley Armitage

The funeral of a woman whose remains were found in a river in West Yorkshire has taken place.

The remains of sex worker Shelley Armitage, 31, from Bradford, were discovered by police in the River Aire in Shipley in June.

Her funeral was held at St Francis of Assisi Church in Bradford.

Stephen Griffiths has been charged with murdering Ms Armitage as well as Susan Rushworth and Suzanne Blamires, who also worked as prostitutes in the city.

John Grady, spokesman for the Diocese of Leeds, said: "This is a very difficult and sad time for the Armitage family.

"We, at the parish community of Our Lady and St Francis, are keeping all of Shelley's family and their friends in our prayers and they are assured of our loving support during these coming days."

An inquest heard last month that the cause of Ms Armitage's death could not be established.

Mr Griffiths, 40, of Thornton Road, Bradford, has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on 15 October.

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