MUM Caneze Riaz was laid to rest alongside the bodies of her four daughters during a tearful graveside ceremony this week.

The five coffins were transported in individual hearses under police escort from the Raza Jamia Masjid mosque on Grimshaw Street, Accrington, through the town and along Burnley Road to Accrington Cemetery for a Muslim service.

Among those at the cemetery were friends of the four dead girls.

Journalists from the national and regional press were waiting at the entrance of the cemetery for the arrival of the funeral cortege.

The only surviving member of the Riaz family, son Adam, 17, arrived in a limousine wearing a black pin-striped suit and a black peaked cap.

Caneze's coffin was lowered into the grave first, followed one-by-one by her daughters - the youngest three-year-old Hannah first, then Sophia, Alicia and Sayrah. A red rose was placed on top of each coffin.

Courageous Adam who has leukaemia, read a out statement following the service. His uncle, Caneze's brother Barry Khanan, was at his side.

He said: "We have just said farewell to my beautiful, talented mother and sisters and I am sure everyone will understand just how hard that has been for us as a family.

"The attendance here today, and thousands of messages of sympathy and support we have received in the past week, show the world just how many hearts were touched by my mum and sisters during their lives - and we will always be grateful for that.

"They are at peace now and we can only ask that we, the family, are also given the time and peace we now so desperately need in order to grieve together in private. Thank you."

Caneze's uncle, Francis Entwistle, travelled from Bolton to be at the service and said that the family were still shocked about what had happened.

He said: "Even seeing the coffins, it just doesn't register.

"Adam is on painkillers at the moment, he is a bit quiet and just keeping to himself really. Caneze's mum June has taken it very hard."

Mr Entwistle said that Adam was due to return to the Christie Hospital in Manchester after the funeral, where he is receiving treatment.