Funeral held for M9 crash victim John Yuill

The coffin of John Yuill is carried from St Francis Xaviers church in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen
The coffin of John Yuill is carried from St Francis Xaviers church in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen
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The funeral of M9 crash victim John Yuill has taken place in Falkirk this morning.

The 28-year-old is believed to have died on impact when his Renault Clio left the road near Stirling services on July 5.

Gordon Yuill arrives at St Francis Xaviers church with John's two sons. Picture: Michael Gillen

Gordon Yuill arrives at St Francis Xaviers church with John's two sons. Picture: Michael Gillen

His partner Lamara Bell was critically injured and lay for three days in the stricken vehicle before police finally responded to a report from a member of the public.

She died in hospital on July 12.

The couple’s death and the lack of police response is now subject to a major investigation.

The funeral for the father of two, who grew up in Bonnybridge before moving to Camelon, took place at St Francis Xaviers church.

The order of service for John Yuill's funeral, which took place this morning

The order of service for John Yuill's funeral, which took place this morning

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the town centre venue to pay their respects, including Falkirk MP John McNally.

The eulogy at the service was read by Mr Yuill’s step-mother Anita Dollard.

Ms Dollard described Mr Yuill as a livewire who talked constantly.

She said he was a great brother to his six younger brothers and sisters, a “cheeky chappy” and a “loveable rogue”.

Mourners gather at St Francis Xaviers church in Falkirk town centre

Mourners gather at St Francis Xaviers church in Falkirk town centre

In a statement, John’s father Gordon paid tribute to his son.

“Today, we lay our beloved son, John Yuill, to rest after his tragic accident on the July 5, which also claimed the life of his girlfriend, Lamara Bell,” it read.

“We would like to say thanks for all the support we have received from friends, family and the community.”

A statement on behalf of the Bell family, addressed to John and his family, said: “With our deepest sympathy. For those we’ve loved and lost. We can never be more than a thought apart.

For as long as they live in our memory they live on in our hearts.

“May friends comfort you, faith uphold you and loving memories heal your heart.”

The funeral for Lamara will be held tomorrow in Falkirk Crematorium.

Police Scotland originally issued a missing persons alert on July 7 after Lamara and John, from Mariner Drive, failed to return home from a camping holiday to Loch Earn in Perthshire on July 5.

Despite receiving a call on its non-emergency 101 number that morning from a passing motorist who reported a car off the road, it was not until Wednesday, July 8 - and in response to a call from local farmer Robert Finlay that there was a car in his field - that officers were sent to investigate.

A full investigation of the circumstances of the crash and how police failed to respond is being undertaken by HM Inspector of Constabulary on the orders of justice secretary Michael Matheson.

Police Scotland angered the family of Lamara Bell this week when it was revealed officers had mistakenly left a voicemail message on her mobile phone ten days after she had passed away.