Memorial rugby match for Cumbria flood death PC

Pc Bill Barker
Image caption A service will be held to celebrate Pc Barker's commitment to the town

Colleagues of a police officer, swept to his death by floodwater in Cumbria have raised nearly £2,000 in a charity rugby match.

Pc Bill Barker, 44, was directing traffic away from Northside Bridge, Workington, when it collapsed.

The father-of-four from Egremont fell into the River Derwent, swollen by record rainfall, on 20 November.

The match between officers from Whitehaven and Workington was held in his memory.

A service of thanks to Pc Barker's commitment to the community will be held at St Michael's Church in Workington at 1400 BST on 10 July.

The match was held on 17 June and ended with a Whitehaven win of 23-15.

The match was attended by Pc Barker's widow Hazel and the crowd and players observed a minutes silence.

The money will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance and West Cumbria Autistic Society.

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