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Funeral of gunman's taxi colleague

A colleague of gunman Derrick Bird is to be laid to rest.

Cabbie Darren Rewcastle, 43, was shot dead on the Duke Street taxi rank where he worked with the mass killer.

Mr Rewcastle, an avid football fan, is believed to be Bird's third victim - dying after the 52-year-old murdered his twin brother David in his bed and shot family solicitor Kevin Commons on his driveway.

Mr Rewcastle was shot in the face at close range. Bird then blasted at other stunned taxi drivers in the seaside town.

Following Mr Rewcastle's funeral, unmarried twin Jane Robinson's life will be celebrated with service at St Cuthbert's Church in Seascale.

The 66-year-old was delivering catalogues just yards from her home in Drigg Road, Seascale, when Bird opened fire.

Her sister Barrie Robinson paid tribute to her, saying: "She was the best sister I could ever have and as twins we were especially close."

The killer's funeral was due to be held on Friday, after all the others, organisers said.

But officials have so far refused to publicise details of the service for unknown reasons.

Sources said that might change as it was important to reflect the "genuine warmth" and forgiveness those in the community have for the serial killer.

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