1,000 expected at funeral for Traveller Jess

Jess Smith
Jess Smith

Hundreds of mourners are expected to turn out to the funeral of Traveller Jessie Smith who was shot and killed on New Year’s Day.

Police are advising motorists about potential traffic disruption around Potton today (Friday) due to the large funeral procession that is set to take place through the town.

They are working with local authorities to reduce congestion and impact to the local community during the procession, which will take place between 12pm and 4pm.

Officers have been distributing leaflets to residents asking them to ensure their vehicles are not parked on the roadsides in King Street, Market Square, Sun Street, Blackbird Street, Station Road and Sandy Road.

There will be road closures at Hatley Road with its Junctions with Gamlingay Road and Sutton Road between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and police are warning there will also be significant congestion in the Sandy Road Cemetery area between 2.30pm and 4pm.

The funeral is set to take place at St Mary’s Church, with one source saying over 1,000 people were believed to be attending.

Jessie, known as Jess, 36, of Common Road, Potton, died following an incident in First Drove, Burwell, in the early hours of January 1. A post mortem examination concluded he died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back.

His family described him as ‘lovely father and husband’ who they were proud to have as head of the family.

Mark Moseley, 42, of Burwell appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder and appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on January 12. He was remanded to appear at Cambridge Crown Court. Four other people who were arrested in connection with the murder have been released on police bail.