Funeral date announced for West Midlands PCC Bob Jones

A public celebration of the life of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones will take place later this month, it was announced today.

Bob Jones speaking at a press conference days after his election to the position of PCC in November 2012.
Bob Jones speaking at a press conference days after his election to the position of PCC in November 2012.

Wolverhampton Civic Hall will host the event ahead of Mr Jones' private family funeral on July 23.

His family have asked that anyone attending the celebration, which starts at 1pm, not wear black.

The 59-year-old, who lived in Wolverhampton, died in his sleep last week.

Mr Jones' wife Sarah today paid tribute to him, saying he was an 'entirely modest and unassuming' man who wanted to make the public feel safe.

He became the first Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands in 2012, having been a councillor in Wolverhampton for more than 30 years.