Bill Barker football tournament to become annual event

PC Bill Barker
Image caption PC Barker had been with the Cumbria force for 25 years

A football tournament held in memory of a Cumbria police officer who was swept to his death in floods, is to become an annual event.

Last year officers and colleagues of PC Bill Barker raised cash for the Great North Air Ambulance.

This year's event on 9 September, will again see the officer's widow, Hazel, present winners with a memorial shield.

PC Barker, 44, was directing traffic away from Workington's Northside Bridge when it collapsed on 20 November 2009.

Det Con Steve Usher, one of the organisers of the tournament, said: "Last year over 50 officers and staff gave up their own time to support the event and we hope to see as many this year.

"This is a great event, which allows colleagues to get together and support a charity in memory of Bill, who is sadly missed by all of his colleagues."

The event takes place at the Whitehaven Miners football ground and will involve teams from four police stations.

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