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Memorial service for Cumbria flood death Pc Bill Barker

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

A police officer who was swept to his death in the Cumbrian floods has been remembered during a church service.

Pc Bill Barker, 44, an officer for 25 years, was directing traffic away from Northside Bridge, Workington, when it collapsed on 20 November.

The father-of-four from Egremont fell into the River Derwent, which had been swollen by record rainfall.

A service of thanks for his life took place at St Michael's Church in Workington on Saturday.

At the time of his death, Pc Barker was described by the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, as a "heroic, very brave man who died trying to save the lives of others".

Pc Barker's widow Hazel, said she and their children, Simon, 17, Melissa, 16, Daniel, 14, and Emma, eight - were still "struggling" to cope with their loss.

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