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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"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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