Hundreds attend Jade Anderson funeral

The coffin of Jade Anderson leaves in a horse drawn carriage following her funeral
The coffin of Jade Anderson leaves in a horse drawn carriage following her funeral
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FAMILY and friends of tragic teenager Jade Anderson, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs, gathered to pay their respects at her funeral.

The 14-year-old’s pink coffin was brought to the St Clements Church in Chorlton, South Manchester, with white flowers reading “sister” and pink flowers spelling “Jade” visible from the hearse.

Jade Anderson

Jade Anderson

During the ceremony at noon today (Friday), relatives described their devastation at the loss of their “beautiful Jade” who would “light up any room she walked into”.

The funeral’s service sheet made reference to the Fred Longworth High School pupil being the “world’s biggest One Direction fan”.

Jade lost her life while at a friend’s house on Chaucer Grove, Atherton, after being mauled by a pack of dogs earlier this year.

The Atherton community has rallied round her family, organising a host of charity events to raise money to go toward the funeral costs.

Police shot dead four of the animals at the scene of the tragedy in Atherton, near Wigan, but were unable to save the teenager after the dog attack on March 26.

It is thought Jade was eating a pie when she was attacked by the two Staffordshire bull terriers and two bull mastiff dogs.

Her family feared they did not have the money to give their daughter a funeral and their plight was even raised in Parliament by local MP Julie Hilling.

But friends and classmates of Jade’s at Fred Longworth High School managed to raise several thousand pounds for the family through sponsored events and selling commemorative green ribbons.

Shortly before her death Jade had received a glowing progress report at school and her heartbroken mother Shirley Lomas-Anderson described her as a “beautiful princess”.

Police are still considering whether they can prosecute the dogs’ owner, the mother of one of Jade’s friends, under current legislation but say their inquiries are continuing.

The death sparked a public outcry and the Government has announced plans to overhaul Britain’s 25-year-old dog ownership laws, making it an offence for dogs to attack someone on private property.

But campaigners say the proposals do not go far enough and have urged new laws to allow authorities to take preventative action against dogs with dangerous behaviour.