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Funeral of children gassed in car

Amy and Owen Philcox
Amy and Owen Philcox were aged seven and three

The funeral of two children who were gassed to death by their father has taken place.

The bodies of seven-year-old Amy and Owen, three, were found next to their father's body in his car near Llanrwst in north Wales on Father's Day.

The vicar at the service at All Saints Church in Daresbury said "none could understand or explain" what drove Brian Philcox, 52, to do what he did.

Their tiny coffins were adorned with floral tributes and teddies.

Their father was laid to rest in a separate ceremony in St Edward's RC Church in Runcorn on Thursday morning in front of his family and friends.

The karate expert had gassed them with a hose from his exhaust pipe in the beauty spot in Snowdon after a split with their mother Evelyn Philcox 18 months earlier.

Brian Philcox
Brian Philcox was a karate expert

Mr Philcox, originally from Speke in Liverpool, had picked his children up on Friday 13 June and driven them to the Conwy Valley.

But he failed to return and, hours before all three were found dead on the Sunday, called his wife to threaten: "I'll make the papers, just you see."

Mr Philcox had placed a pipe from the exhaust of his car in through the back window.

Friends said he was distraught about the lack of access he had to the children.

It's a tragedy, plain and simple and best left at that. Speculation is pointless
Reverend Canon David Felix

But addressing the 250 mourners Reverend Canon David Felix said there was still no real reasoning behind his actions.

"None of us here can understand or explain what drove Amy and Owen's father to do what he did.

"I can offer you no answer to the question 'why?', a question which must be in the minds of us all here.

"It's a tragedy, plain and simple and best left at that. Speculation is pointless."

Their white coffins were adorned with floral tributes and teddies - pink for Amy and blue for Owen.

Before they were carried into church, their mother Evelyn Philcox, 37, was comforted by family and friends and during the service many stood crying arm in arm.

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