Bill Barker memorial unveiled

PC Bill Barker's memorial Credit: ITV Border

A permanent memorial has been unveiled in tribute to Constable Bill Barker, who died in the Cumbrian floods of 2009. PC Barker was stopping other people from using the Northside Bridge in Workington when it collapsed. The monument in his memory has been placed in the town's Curwen Park. It's unveiling was part of a service paying tribute to PC Barker's life and his bravery.

The memorial was made possible thanks to the Police Memorial Trust, a charity that was set up by the broadcaster Michael Winner, who personally contacted Mrs Barker in the weeks following Mr Barker's death to offer help.

The Former chief Constable of Cumbria Craig Mackey was at the service, he is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, he explained why the memorial was important.

The current Chief Constable of Cumbria, Stuart Hyde, explained that he thought it was important that people understood the sacrifice PC Barker made in the line of duty.

This is the full report by Marti Errington-Dodds for ITV's Lookaround:

Below is the full interview with Hazel Barker