The 18-year-old funeral took place in Plymouth today, six months after her murder (Picture: PA/Getty/SWNS)

Countless mourners lined the streets of Plymouth today to pay tribute to murdered teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod.

The 18-year-old’s funeral, which came six months after her killing, saw a horse-drawn carriage take her coffin from her home in Leigham to St Andrew’s Church, passing the spot where she had been abducted.

The venue held a 40-minute service, led by Reverend Joe Dent, and attended by hundreds.

A blue coffin, featuring her name, a single red rose and a towel with the character Stitch on.

Bobbi was murdered in November last year by Cody Ackland, 24, who attacked her with a claw hammer as she waited for a bus.

Her family had also asked mourners to wear black trousers and T-shirts featuring rock bands, like Queen, ACDC, Oasis and Pink Floyd, in honour of the popular student – and a number of teenage friends and strangers did so.

Many also wore turquoise-coloured ribbons on their T-shirts.

Bobbi was 18 when she was murdered in November (Picture: PA)

Her coffin was carried out of the Minster Church of St Andrew with a Stitch towel and a single rose (Picture: PA)

The horse-drawn carriage travelled through the streets of Plymouth (Picture: Getty Images)

Mourners comforted each other at the event (Picture: Getty Images)

Among the congregation were Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Sue Dann and senior police officers.

The teenager’s turquoise coffin was carried into the church by pallbearers, and her family, including parents Adrian and Donna and brother Lee, who followed behind.

As the hearse left the church, people outside broke out into a spontaneous round of applause.

Local mourners had stood in near silence as police bikes escorted the carriage down the road.

Killer Ackland, a musician obsessed with serial killers,bundled the teenager into his car and drove to a remote spot on Dartmoor where he murdered her, before dumping her body near Bovisand.

One woman, wearing a Nirvana t-shirt, wipes away the tears (Picture: PA)

Locals watch on as the horse-drawn carriage passes by (Picture: PA)

There was a 40-minute service to the youngster inside the coffin (Picture: Getty Images)

Her turquoise coffin was simply inscribed with ‘Bobbi’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Having admitted the murder, ‘Britain’s (Ted) Bundy’, from Plymouth, who admitted murder, was last week jailed for life with a minimum term of 31 years.

He was told he may never be released.

In a victim impact statement, Miss McLeod’s family said: ‘Our lives have changed forever. We have not been able to say goodbye to Bobbi-Anne and we can only imagine the things he did to her – the thoughts are continually going around in our minds.

‘Why Bobbi-Anne? Why make her suffer? To know her final hours were spent being tortured destroys us inside.’

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Local Labour MP Luke Pollard called it an ‘important day for Plymouth’ and a chance to say celebrate Bobbi’s life.

Plymouth City Council tweeted: ‘May her light shine on. We will never forget her.’

During Ackland’s sentencing, Bobbi-Anne’s mother Donna said: ‘Bobbi was a beautiful girl who lit up our lives and the lives of everyone she ever met. She was kind, funny, and loyal.

‘She was the best daughter, the best sister, and the best friend to so many people. Everybody who knew Bobbi loved her. We have been robbed of our beautiful girl in the worst possible way and our lives will never be the same without her.’

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