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Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Leicester today as a mark of respect for Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, an RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

A funeral cortege passed the Golden Mile where many businesses closed for the morning. A service with full military honours was held in Loughborough.

Rajiv Popat reports.

Rakesh Chauhan's father describes his son as a 'great advisor'

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan has paid tribute to his son, who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

Kishor Chauhan described his son as a great advisor to him and spoke of his son's love for the RAF.

He has been speaking to our reporter Rajiv Popat.

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Public pay respects ahead of RAF officer's funeral

The people of Leicester have been paying their respects to an RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was 29, was one of five service personnel killed in the crash in Kandahar Province.

Leicester's Golden Mile came to a standstill today as a mark of respect for the officer.

Hundreds join RAF officer's funeral procession

The cortege travelling along Leicester's Belgrave Road this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

Hundreds of people have joined in a procession along the Golden Mile in Leicester to pay their respects to a RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan was one of five servicemen killed last month.

The cortege stopped briefly at Rakesh Chauhan's father shop on the street Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

The procession travelled up the Belgrave Road, where Flight Lieutenant Chauhan's father Kishor runs his business. The cortege stopped briefly outside the 61-year-old's shop, before heading to Loughborough Crematorium.

Hundreds followed behind the funeral party in a show of respect Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

Rakesh Chauhan's father pays emotional tribute to son

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan has paid an emotional tribute to his son, who died in a helicopter crash in Birmingham last month.

Speaking ahead of today's funeral in Leicester, Kishor Chauhan described Rakesh as a great advisor to him, and that he'd do anything to have his son back.

Flt/Lt Chauhan's father outlines today's funeral plans

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, has outlined the details of today's funeral procession through Leicestershire.

The cortege will set off from Leicester at 11:00am and first travel to Belgrave Road where 61-year-old Kishor Chauhan has a shop. Businesses are expected to close and the cortege will briefly stop, then move on to Loughborough Crematorium. A fly past will also take place after the funeral service.

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Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

The funeral of an RAF officer from Leicestershire who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month is taking place today.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Leicestershire Credit: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was 29, was one of five service personnel killed in the crash in Kandahar Province.

Leicester's Golden Mile will come to a standstill as a mark of respect for the officer before the funeral service takes place.

Soldiers proud and moved by show of public support

As more than 150 soldiers exercised their Freedom of the Borough of Broxtowe today - marching through Kimberley in Nottingham on their return from Afghanistan - hundreds of people turned up to show their support and applaud them.

Corporal Jimmer Cunliffe was among those marching and says it was very moving to see such support:

"I wasn't expecting it and it's such a beautiful day! To see the crowds turn up - there are hundreds of people there, maybe thousands - and to get clapped and cheered was very moving. To all of us, it means a hell of a lot, it means we've got the support of the british public."

Staff Sergeant David Demicoli also took part in the parade and said:

"It's great to feel the support. We're very proud of what we do - what we do abroad - and it's good to see that people are actually proud too of what we do away from our country."

Colonel pays proud tribute to chopper crash victim

Speaking at the memorial service to Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who died last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. the Corps Colonel of the Intelligence Corps Col. Jon Murray said:

"The Intelligence Corps look on him as a very proud individual, he served the battalion the reservists he served the Corps he served the British Army and he served the British community exceptionally well and clearly he will be very sadly missed by all of us."

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