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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Wearside soldier repatriated

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