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Footbridge named after hero Pc

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A NEW footbridge in a storm-ravaged town has been named in honour of a hero policeman swept to his death when a bridge collapsed.

Barker Crossing in Workington is named after Pc Bill Barker, who died directing traffic off the town’s North side Bridge when it collapsed o n November 20 . Th e temporary footbridge is the first pedestrian­ised link a cross the River Der went to unite the north and south sides of the Cumbrian town.

Previously residents could only cross the river by boarding a train.

The 52-metre steel bridge was constructe­d by the army and is similar to those built by soldiers in Afghanista­n.

Insp Mark Wear, head o f Workington Neigh - bourhood Policing Team, said: “This footbridge is a tangible symbol of how we are starting to rebuild the area and getting back to normal.

“I am pleased that its name commemorat­es my friend and colleague Bill, who died saving lives right here.”

Armed Forces minister Bill Rammell MP and schools minister Iain Wright MP also attended the opening alongside Brigadier Bill Aldridge, Commander 42 (North West) Brigade.

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Pc Bill Barker

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