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By Emma Sword

Family and friends packed a small picturesque church for the funerals of a former police inspector who is believed to have attacked his wife and daughter before killing himself.

Reverend Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani and Reverend Hildred Crowther led yesterday's service at St Peter and St Paul Church in Market Overton, Rutland, where Toby and Samantha Day married in 1994.

Prayers were said for the couple and their six-year-old daughter Genevieve as family and friends helped to carry the three coffins into the church.

It is believed Day (37) attacked his wife (38) and daughter at the family home in Melton Mowbray in December just days after being sacked from Leicestershire Police for misconduct.

The couple's two other children, Adam and Kimberley, were also injured in the incident but are recovering well.

The two children attended yesterday's service along with the parents of both Mr and Mrs Day. Mr Francis-Dehqani told the congregation they were all still coming to terms with what had happened.

He said the village of Market Overton, where Mrs Day lived and went to school, had "united" with Oakham and Melton Mowbray, where the family lived.

Two of the hymns which were used in the service were also sung at the couple's wedding.

At the end of the short service Mr Francis-Dehqani asked the congregation to join him in prayers for Mr and Mrs Day and their daughter and for all those who were grieving over the awful tragedy of their deaths.

Reverend Francis-Dehqani said a circle of love had enfolded the family at a time of great need and that friends, neighbours and strangers had offered their support.

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