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PICTURES: Funeral of Dagenham grandfather Clem Roberts who died in fight takes place

PUBLISHED: 09:59 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 17 March 2017

Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Picture by Ellie Hoskins

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Clem Roberts, the Dagenham man who died after a fight just days before Christmas, has finally been laid to rest.

Flowers left at the spot in Stanhope Road where Clem died.  Picture by Ellie Hoskins Flowers left at the spot in Stanhope Road where Clem died. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Mourners gathered in Stanhope Road yesterday morning at the spot where 60-year-old Clem passed away on December 19 2016.

One mourner wore a memorial jakcet and many had purple ribbons. Picture by Ellie Hoskins One mourner wore a memorial jakcet and many had purple ribbons. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

They then followed the beautiful horse-drawn hearse on foot to St Mary’s Parish Church on Valence Wood Road.

Clem Roberts' funeral cortege leaving the spot in Stanhope Road where he died after a fight in December,  making its way to the church close by. Picture by Ellie Hoskins Clem Roberts' funeral cortege leaving the spot in Stanhope Road where he died after a fight in December, making its way to the church close by. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

The long wait to bury Clem has been particularly painful for his six children, including eldest daughter Simone Roberts, who described is as “frustrating” in an interview with the Post two weeks ago.

The spot where Clem died has become a focus point for memorials. Picture by Ellie Hoskins The spot where Clem died has become a focus point for memorials. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

The painful delay has been due to the circumstances surrounding his death, for which three people were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mourners massed outside the church. Picture by Ellie Hoskins Mourners massed outside the church. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Two people have since been released with no further action whilst the third has been bailed to a date in April pending further enquiries.

The hearse was decorated with a picture of Clem. Picture by Ellie Hoskins The hearse was decorated with a picture of Clem. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

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