"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.


Wearside soldier repatriated

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