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Lamara Bell's funeral held as M9 crash probe continues

Published 31/07/2015

The funeral of Lamara Bell is taking place today
The funeral of Lamara Bell is taking place today

The funeral will be held today for a mother who died after a motorway crash that went undiscovered by police for days.

Lamara Bell, 25, lay injured for around 72 hours following the accident on the M9 in Stirlingshire on July 5.

Her partner John Yuill, 28, died in the crash which was reported to police but not followed up.

Family and friends of Ms Bell will attend a service at Falkirk Crematorium as an independent investigation into the error continues.

Her parents Andrew and Diane said their daughter was a doting mother to Alysha and Kieran, and loved horses and music.

They said in a statement: "We as a family miss our daughter each new day.

"As a family each night we mourn her loss with love.

"In the early morning our hearts shatter into a million pieces."

Ms Bell, known as Mara to friends, was found alive in the couple's blue Renault Clio on July 8 but died a week later in hospital.

The car, which had left a slip road and travelled down an embankment, was reported on the day of the accident but the details were not entered into the police system.

It was eventually located by officers following up another call from a member of the public who had seen the vehicle.

Scottish Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has ordered a review of all police call handling and the case is also the subject of an independent investigation by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc).

Tributes were paid to Mr Yuill at his funeral in Falkirk on Thursday, where relatives described him as a "great gift" to the family.

In a message of condolence to Ms Bell's loved ones, they said: "We would like to extend our sympathies and support to the Bell family as they lay their daughter, sister and mother to rest.

"May she rest in peace."

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