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Severe flooding affects the north

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Record levels of rainfall across the north west of England and parts of Scotland have led to severe flooding in several regions.

The body of a man found after a bridge collapsed over a flooded river is Pc Bill Barker, police have confirmed. Pc Barker, 44, was directing motorists off the bridge in Workington "saving lives" when it caved in as Cumbria was hit by record rainfall, police said.

Parts of the county are still underwater after the heaviest ever recorded rainfall in 24 hours. Hundreds of people have been rescued from their homes by life-rafts and helicopter and taken to emergency shelters.

Danny Savage reports.

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