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Funeral held for Westminster bridge attack victim Leslie Rhodes

By Aine Fox

Mourners who gathered to remember one of the Westminster attack victims included a doctor who tried to save his life when he was struck on the bridge.

Leslie Rhodes, said to have once cleaned the windows of former prime minister Winston Churchill, was remembered as "a gentleman".

The 75-year-old from Clapham, south London, died at King's College Hospital the night after the attack, when life support was withdrawn.

He had been attending a hospital appointment when he was caught up in the atrocity on Westminster Bridge.

During the 82-second rampage on March 22, Kent-born Khalid Masood drove a rental car into unsuspecting pedestrians before fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer (48) in the Palace of Westminster's forecourt.

Nigel Desborough, of Forest Hill Community Church, officiated at the service and spoke on behalf of the family.

He told the congregation: "He was a very private man, he was very shy but extremely kind. He was popular, such a gentleman. He would do anything for anyone."

Neighbours who sat with Mr Rhodes at his hospital bedside when he died had played Queen songs for him, and the band's guitarist Brian May later sent autographed memorabilia to the pensioner's family.

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