The policeman who was killed in a road traffic accident has been named as 38 year old PC Craig Postlethwaite.
He lived in the Workington area and worked in the west Cumbria roads policing unit. He was off duty when the accident happened near Cockermouth on Wednesday afternoon.
Sergeant Jim Lloyd, who worked with Craig and is a close family friend. He said PC Postlethwaite was an exemplary officer and paid tribute to him:
“Craig was an exceptional man and a very dedicated officer. He recently moved to the Roads Policing Unit which was a career path that he had always wanted to follow and had also just completed his firearms course.
He was well liked and respected by the community and all his colleagues – he was a genuinely nice and thoroughly decent bloke. As a police officer, he was an example to us all. He will be a massive loss to the policing family and we will all miss him.”
Cumbria police have confirmed that an off duty policeman has been killed in an accident in west Cumbria.
The accident happened on Wednesday on Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth between a motorbike and 4 x 4 vehicle.
The off duty policeman who was driving the motorbike died at the scene. He was a 38 year old from the Workington area. He hasn't been named. The driver of the car, a 65 year old man from the Penrith area is being treated for shock in the Cumberland Infirmary.