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Funeral date for Corfu children
Christianne (left) and Robert Shepherd
The children's funeral will take place in Wakefield
The funeral of the two children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at their hotel while on a family holiday in Corfu will be held on Tuesday.

Robert Shepherd, six, and his sister Christianne, seven, of West Yorkshire, died on a holiday with their father.

Mourners will gather for a church service in Wakefield and the family will later hold a private burial.

Greek officials said on Friday that six people in Corfu had been charged with manslaughter over the deaths.

Mourners will gather at St John's Church, in St John's Square, at 1045 GMT for Tuesday's funeral.

The family has requested no flowers for the service.

They have asked that any donations be made to the NSPCC charity through John Wright, the head teacher at the school the children attended - Horbury Primary.

Hotel licence threat

The six people facing charges in Corfu have also been charged with causing bodily harm through negligence and face up to five years in prison if convicted.

According to Greek officials, the director of the hotel where the family stayed, its general and maintenance managers, as well as the air conditioning installation manager and a maintenance employee, have been charged.

UK-based holiday company Thomas Cook said none of its employees were among the six, but it "will form part of the enquiry".

Earlier, Greek officials had said a Thomas Cook employee was among those charged.

BBC correspondent Malcolm Brabant, in Corfu, said Greek police had not released the names of the accused because of legal restrictions.

The children, from Horbury, near Wakefield, were staying in a four-star bungalow at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel last week when carbon monoxide gas seeped into the property.

The children's father Neil Shepherd, 38, and his girlfriend, Ruth Beatson, 27, survived the poisoning and are now being treated at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.

The Greek tourism ministry has already withdrawn the hotel's licence and indicated this move would be permanent if the deaths were established to have been the responsibility of the management.

Inquests opened

In a statement on Friday, Thomas Cook said: "We do understand that we will form part of the enquiry.

"Thomas Cook has always said that it wants to co-operate fully in any investigation, and we are concerned that there has been no contact with us by the police or any other authorities, despite our efforts to speak to them."

The company said it was undertaking an internal investigation and that the hotel had been audited according to UK guidelines.

Meanwhile, the West Yorkshire coroner has opened and adjourned inquests into the deaths of Robert and Christianne.

Coroner David Hinchliff promised to "fully, fairly and fearlessly" investigate their deaths.




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