Daughter of Tragic PC Says Thanks for Help; Emma, Eight, Pays Tribute to Public Support

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Byline: James Edgar

THE youngest daughter of tragic PC Bill Barker, who was killed in last week's devastating Cumbria floods, last night said "thank you" for all the support her family had received.

Emma Barker, eight, wrote a letter of appreciation to the people who had rallied round the family after her father was swept to his death while helping motorists at the height of the floods in the early hours of Friday.

He had been standing on a bridge near Workington as it collapsed.

"Thank you everyone for giving cards to me and my family and supporting us by giving us flowers, hugs and kisses," the youngster wrote.

"It has been a disaster over the last few days for my family and me, and people have been making dinner for our family.

"The nice people have been coming to see my mum and all our family as well as my gran. My dog, Sam, went over to my dad's shoes and smelt them, then lay down beside them.

"I have about 500 cards and all of them make me better. Eleven people have come today as they love my family and before I go, thank you for the cards."

Earlier, Prime Miniser Gordon Brown also paid tribute to PC Barker, who died the day before his 45th birthday.

Mr Brown said it was a "terrible time" for people whose homes were devastated by the rising river waters and said ministers were examining the provision of a temporary bridge to ease travel problems in the area.

He said at question time: "These floods were the worst that we have seen. This was a terrible time, as I found out, when I visited this area.

"I assure the House that our support will continue right throughout the troubles that the area faces."

Meanwhile, experts warned yesterday that a key bridge which has been on the brink of collapse for several days had been condemned. …

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