Policeman's funeral

The funeral has taken place of PC Postlethwaite.

PC Postlethwaite's funeral

PC Postlethwaite's funeral Credit: Cumbria Police

The funeral for PC Craig Postlethwaite has been held at Distington Crematorium.PC Craig Postlethwaite, 38, who lived in the Workington area and worked in West Cumbria Roads Policing Unit was involved in a road accident while riding his motorcycle on Wednesday 4th April.

Many colleagues attended the funeral Credit: Cumbria Police

Inspector Mark Wear, a close family friend and colleague of Craig, paidtribute to a dedicated officer. He was asked by the family to read a eulogyduring the service in which he said:

"It’s hard to believe that Craig only joined the police in 2008 as he seems to have been one of those cops who has been about forever.

After working with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Craig finally fulfilled his childhood dream when just over four years ago he joined the police and eventually worked on one section at Whitehaven.

Throughout his career, Craig has always looked to improve his skills and from the very beginning, within two weeks of joining, he was pestering to be put onto the public order training course.

Being public order trained allowed him to be deployed as one of the first wave of reinforcements sent to London last year where as a cop Craig was in his element. When he moved onto the Roads Policing Unit he fulfilled another ambition and always had a story to tell about what he had been doing."

Chief Constable Stuart Hyde paid tribute to PC Postlethwaite after the service. He said:

“Craig joined Cumbria Constabulary four years ago. I have been told by many of his colleagues that he was an exceptional and dedicated officer, who was a well-respected friend and colleague to many.

We have gathered today to pay our respects to an exemplary officer who will be missed by many and is a great loss to the policing family. My thoughts are with his family on this sad day.”

Craig had just completed a demanding eight week firearms course to train for his new role on the Roads Policing and Firearms Unit.

All of the officers who were on the course developed a close friendship and as their own special tribute, the officers who were on the course and his instructors formed a dignified rifle guard of honour for Craig at the crematorium this morning using unloaded firearms.