Thursday, 28 January 2016

An investigation is under way after pornography
was allegedly shown on a TV at a funeral for a
father and his baby son.
The service for Simon Lewis, 33, and his son,
Simon, was held at Cardiff's Thornhill Crematorium
on Wednesday.
Rev Lionel Fanthorpe said the incident left mourners
"desperately upset" and Cardiff council has
apologised to the family for the "inappropriate
Mr Lewis and his son died following a crash in
Cardiff on New Year's Eve.
Media Wales reported a claim from an unnamed
mourner that hardcore pornography appeared on
the screen.
A council spokesman said: "The council has
forwarded a written apology to the family and is
carrying out an urgent investigation."
'It was off in seconds'
Rev Fanthorpe said: "I'm either looking at the
congregation or at the prayer book. To me, it
sounded something like voices in a shopping centre
but I couldn't see.
"Simon's father-in-law was desperately upset. [He]
came rushing forward. He was looking for an
engineer and urging them to 'turn it off, turn it off'.
Fortunately it was off in seconds.
"This was not what anybody could have ever
imagined or wanted. I just felt the deepest possible
Four screens were being used to display tributes
and the council said the TV which showed the
content had been recently installed.
"We are trying to establish if the new screen -
which is a smart television - could have accepted
or picked up a broadcast by accident via blue tooth
or across a wi-fi network," said the spokesman.
"The other three screens which aren't smart TVs
were unaffected. We are clear that it isn't possible
for any member of staff to play or download
anything on the computer that links to the screens
in the chapel."
The screen in question has been disconnected
while engineers carry out an investigation.
Mr Lewis, from Trowbridge, was the driver of a
Daihatsu Sirion carrying his wife Amanda and their
three-year-old daughter when it was involved in a
crash with a Peugeot 307.
The Lewises' son was born three months
premature when a decision was taken to carry out
the emergency Caesarean section, amid concerns
the baby was in distress.
Kyle Kennedy, 29, from Rumney, Cardiff, has
appeared in court charged with two counts of
causing death by dangerous driving, driving without
insurance, failing to give a blood sample, driving
while disqualified and aggravated vehicle taking
without consent.


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