William Brown: Funeral to take place for boy killed in crash

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William Brown: Funeral to take place for boy killed in crash

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By Jacob Panons
BBC News, South East
The funeral of a seven-year-old boy who was killed in a suspected hit-and-run crash will take place later.

The King had granted permission for William Brown to be buried at St Mary and St Eanswythe Church in Folkestone, Kent, and the funeral will be held at 14:00 GMT.

William was hit as he walked in Folkestone on 6 December.

A 49-year-old from the Dymchurch area was arrested and has since been bailed, police said.

The man remains on police bail and the investigation is ongoing.

Monarchs have the power to allow burials at churchyards where they are no longer permitted.

A spokesperson for the Privy Council had said: "We are pleased that His Majesty The King, on the advice of his Privy Council, has granted permission in order to support the family in these tragic circumstances."

William's mother had previously launched a fundraising appeal for the funeral.

Thousands of pounds had been donated to the Gofundme page within a few hours.

Following the fatal crash, Ms Brown told the BBC: "He was the sweetest boy in the world, so soft and gentle."

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