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PC Bill Barker

Message from Cumbria Constabulary Chief Constable Craig Mackey:

“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that the body found on a beach at Allonby this afternoon is that of our friend and colleague PC Bill Barker.

“Over the last few days Cumbria has faced some of the most severe weather conditions ever and Bill was amongst the hundreds of officers and staff dedicated to rescuing local people and ensuring the safety of our communities. He was directing motorists safely off Northside Bridge, saving lives, when the tragic incident occurred.

” Bill was a wonderful police officer and a real family man. He leaves behind a wife and four children in their home in Egremont- two boys and two girls – aged between 8 and 16. He was due to to celebrate his 45th birthday tomorrow. Bill is a hero who died saving the lives of others and our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time. He was a much loved friend, colleague and an inspiration to everyone he knew – he will be sadly missed.

“His friends say he loved being a Police officer and, a passionate biker, he was part of the Constabulary’s dedicated Roads Policing Unit. He was a sterling officer and had won a number of awards throughout his 25 year service with Cumbria Constabulary.

“Whilst this is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved in the rescue operation, our officers and staff continue to work valiently to ensure the public remains safe.”

PC Barker’s wife, Hazel, has offered the following moving tribute:

“How do you put into words how you feel about somebody you are so proud of? Bill was my best friend, my forever friend, and an amazing dad. Even when he was exhausted from work he would always take time out for the kids.

“I have the comfort of knowing that Bill died doing the job he loved and the fact that he was helping others is just typical Bill.

“I’d now ask that the media respect the family’s privacy at this time and leave us to grieve in peace.”

Anyone who wishes to pay tribute to Bill can do so online by logging on to www.facebook.com/cumbriapolice.

The above photograph is of PC Bill Barker receiving a long service and good conduct medal after 22 years service. This award was presented to him by Chief Constable Craig Mackey.


7 Responses

  1. RIP PC Barker.

  2. A real tragedy.


    A policeman was today jailed for a minimum of 18 years for bludgeoning his police constable fiancee to death just hours before they were due to fly out to their wedding in St Lucia.

    Martin Forshaw, 27, attacked WPC Claire Howarth with a lump hammer at least five times before carrying her downstairs at the home they shared in Bury.
    He then dumped the 31-year-old in her BMW car and drove around secluded country lanes before finding a place to stage a road accident in order to cover up his crime.

    Prosecutor Ray Wigglesworth QC said
    Forshaw placed Miss Howarth, who was still alive, in the driver’s seat and using his foot on the accelerator sat beside her he then crashed the vehicle into a hedge.
    He then dialled 999 and told the emergency services there had been a collision.
    When police and paramedics arrived at the scene, Forshaw, known to friends and family as Alex, told them his fiance had not been wearing a seatbelt.

    She was rushed to Royal Bolton Hospital where she was pronounced dead later that day.

  4. He died whilst doing his DUTY to his fellow man.

    MTG, please do the same.

  5. i cannot believe what the papers say about pc fran croucher are true as she doesn’t seem that kind of person.

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