Mourners To Line The Streets Of A North Staffordshire Town To Pay Tribute To "Mr Leek"

Mourners are expected to line the streets of North Staffordshire as a tribute to a man dubbed ‘Mr Leek’.

The funeral of James Lockett- known as Locko or Jimmy – is being held at St Luke’s Church in Leek at 2.15pm today with mourners expected to pay tribute afterwards.

James, known to many as the founder of Leek TV, was heavily involved in the local sporting community and non-league football circuit as well as serving as an inspector with Greater Manchester Police.

Police officers are now asking families to pay tribute to James at 3pm by lining the streets while adhering to the coronavirus restrictions.

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley from Staffordshire Police said: “Today is the funeral of Inspector James Lockett of Greater Manchester Police.

“It’s a sad day for Leek as we say goodbye to someone known and loved by many in our community.

“It is likely that many of you will want to pay your respects but unfortunately this needs to be done differently than it would have been done in pre-Covid times.

“The family ask for only family and close friends to gather at the church prior to the funeral.