FUNERAL of murdered Jia Ashton takes place

NMAC11-1480-6''Somercotes Jia Ashton funeral on Thursday.

NMAC11-1480-6''Somercotes Jia Ashton funeral on Thursday.

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THE FUNERAL of Somercotes woman Jia Ashton took place yesterday three months after her body was discovered in Sleetmoor Wood.

Family and friends were at a noon service at St Thomas’ Church, Nottingham Road before a cremation at Markeaton Crematorium.

Mrs Ashton (25) disappeared after leaving work at Thorntons just after 5pm on Thursday 10th March. Her body was found in the wood three days later.

David Simmonds (21), of Derby Road, Heanor, was arrested on 5th May and later charged with her murder. He is in custody awaiting his next court date on 30th August.