Wearside soldier repatriated

Sapper Richard Walker, who grew up on Wearside, was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago and will be repatriated today.

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Full Report: Wearside soldier repatriated

A North East soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army has been flown home.

Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was described by his family as a "proud, patriotic man, who died doing the job he loved."

They were at his repatriation ceremony in Oxfordshire this afternoon. Earlier, veterans here gathered to pay their respects.

You can see the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

"It is our way of showing support"

Veterans have gathered to pay their respects to a North East soldier killed in Afghanistan, as he has flown home.

Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army last week.

His family is at a private repatriation ceremony at RAF Brize Norton.

As a tribute to Sapper Walker veterans fell silent in the village of Sedgefield where they gather to mark each loss of life.

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Veterans pay respects to North East soldier

Veterans have gathered to pay their respects to Sapper Richard Walker Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Veterans have gathered to pay their respects to a North East soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army last week.

To mark his repatriation this morning, the Sedgefield Village Veterans are holding a special ceremony.

Sedgefield Village Veterans hold special ceremony Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Sapper Walker, from Washington, was shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army

The 23-year-old was serving with 28 Engineer Regiment. He was described by his senior officer as a "true sapper who had a promising future".

His family are expected to attend his repatriation ceremony at RAF Brize Norton.

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