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North Cumbria win PC Bill Barker memorial tournament

North Cumbria police have won this year's Bill Barker memorial football tournament.

It's in memory of PC Bill Barker, who died in the floods of 2009, when the old Northside Bridge in Workington collapsed.

Teams from the North, South and West Territorial Policing Areas (TPAs) and a team from Cumbria Police HQ competed.

They raised money for Bill’s chosen charity, The Great North Air Ambulance ‘Pride of Cumbria’.

Watch: Barker Crossing soldiers return to Workington

Soldiers who helped to build a temporary bridge in Workington, after the town was devastated by floods in 2009, have returned for the first time.

The bridge was called Barker Crossing, in honour of PC Bill Barker, who died in the floods.

Tim Backshall has this report:


Workington floods soldiers return to town

PC Bill Barker died in the floods. Credit: Hazel Barker

Soldiers who were involved in building a temporary footbridge in Workington after the floods of 2009 are returning to the town for the first time.

The soldiers returned to the town. Credit: ITV Border

People were unable to cross the river for 18 days after all the bridges were either damaged or washed away.

It was named the Barker Crossing after the police officer who died in the floods.

Chief constable welcomes PC's posthumous award

The chief constable of Cumbria Police has welcomed the posthumous award of a bravery medal to PC Bill Barker who died in the floods of 2009.

The 44-year-old lost his life when Workington's Northside Bridge collapsed.

He'd been directing traffic away from the bridge.

Chief Constable Stuart Hyde says the award does not just mark the bravery of PC Barker but also that of his widow and family.

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