Funeral held of man shot on sub

MOVING The funeral
MOVING The funeral
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HUNDREDS of mourners turned out for the funeral of a Royal Navy officer shot on board HMS Astute.

Father-of-four Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux, 36, died after being shot along with one other officer on the nuclear submarine when it was docked in Southampton on April 8 during an official visit.

On Thursday his wife Gillian accompanied his four children to the funeral service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in his home town of Wigan.

Royal Navy sailors in uniform, many colleagues of Lt Cdr Molyneux during his 20 years in the Senior Service, lined the streets outside.

Mrs Molyneux gave her own moving eulogy at the service, and said: ‘I have found myself looking back over the years myself and Ian have shared; the laughter, the hard times we got through, the many celebrations and more recently the tears.’