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Cumbria Constabulary raise more than £1,300 in memory of PC Bill Barker

The tournament took place on Friday 15 September Photo: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Constabulary have raised more than £1,300 in a football tournament to remember their fallen colleague, PC Bill Barker.

PC Barker died in Workington during the floods in 2009 while on duty when the Northside Bridge collapsed underneath him.

The Bill Barker Memorial Football Tournament took place on Friday 15 September.

Teams from the North, South and West policing areas competed against each other for the Bill Barker Memorial Trophy.

It was the North Cumbria team who won the tournament.

They were presented with the Bill Barker Memorial Trophy by Bill’s wife, Hazel Barker.

Bill’s wife, Hazel Barker, presenting the Bill Barker Memorial Trophy Credit: Cumbria Police

Funds were raised through match fees, a raffle and an auction.

All the money raised will go to to Bill’s chosen charity The Great North Air Ambulance ‘Pride of Cumbria’.

The tournament, which is in its eight year, was held at Whitehaven Amateurs Football Club.

The organiser of the event said:

It was a great day for all involved. The football was very competitive with the referee having his fair share of decisions to make.

I’m delighted that we have been able to raise so much money for Bill’s chosen charity.

The tournament is a great way to remember Bill, who continues to be missed by everyone at the Constabulary.

I’d like to thank everyone involved in this year’s tournament, including Whitehaven Amateurs FC for allowing us to use their facilities and the organisations that kindly donated raffle prizes.

I’d also like to thank Hazel Barker and the rest of Bill’s family for supporting the event.”

– Detective Constable Steve Usher, Cumbria Police