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Ricky Hayden: Family and friends pay tribute in orange-themed funeral

Flower tributes to Ricky Hayden
Image caption Tributes were left near the security guard's home

The funeral of a popular bodyguard who was stabbed to death outside his London home has taken place.

Ricky Hayden, 27, was attacked with his father Paul 54, as the pair tried to stop a moped being stolen from their home in Chadwell Heath in September.

Tommy Lee Roome, 19, of Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath, has been charged with murder and attempted murder and will face a trial in March.

Mr Hayden had worked at high-profile events and for ITV.

He worked as a security guard at Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy's wedding and was also a member of Havering Council's highways team.

His mother Suzanne Hayden described him as "kind, caring, honest, funny, cheeky".

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Image caption Ricky Hayden was stabbed outside his home in Chadwell Heath
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Image caption The 27-year-old (left) worked as a security guard at the wedding of Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy in 2011

She said: "What you see is what you get from Ricky, there's no hidden agendas. He's such a thoughtful person. He helps everyone. There's not a bad bone in his body.

"We don't go outside our home without somebody giving us some sort of support, a little hello, a little wave, blowing a kiss, messages we continually get.

"I woke up this morning and I had over 300 messages just to say hope the day goes as well as it can."

Paul Hayden said: "(Knife crime) doesn't just kill the person, it kills the family and everyone around them and it hurts the whole neighbourhood because they're frightened of what's going to happen to them."


Image caption Mr Hayden's family and friends wore orange armbands in tribute

At the scene: BBC London's Emilia Papadopoulos

The 300-strong procession was led by a horse-drawn carriage from Mr Hayden's home. It passed a near-by chicken shop where Paul Hayden symbolically bought his son's "last meal".

The flowers mounted on top of the coffin spelled out "son", "uncle", "grandson" and "nephew" and were all orange - Ricky Hayden's favourite colour.

Mourners later released 100 orange balloons bearing hand-written messages.

Mr Hayden's mother, sister April, brother Perry and father embraced as the carriage pulled away.

Friends, family and neighbours, many of whom had contributed towards the funeral costs, laid flowers and paid their respects.

Mr Hayden was a hugely popular figure here and was known to many through his work as a nightclub security and with Havering Council.

Image caption White doves were released before the service

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