Didcot church holds memorial service for Jayden

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A MEMORIAL service is due to take place later today for Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson.

The 17-year-old went missing last month before being found buried in someone else’s grave at All Saints Church two weeks later.

The service, led by the Rev Karen Beck, will begin at 4pm at the Lydalls Road church and will include an address from Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher.

Students from Didcot Girls’ School, where Jayden was a former pupil, will sing, and there will be tributes from friends before white balloons are released.

Jayden’s boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has been charged with her murder and perverting the course of justice.

A 17-year-old Didcot boy is also charged with perverting the course of justice.

Both are in custody awaiting their next court appearance in March.

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