March 31, 1934|
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Carl Walker, GC (born 31 March 1934) is an English former police inspector who served in the Lancashire Constabulary until 1982 when he was forced to retire due to injuries sustained in a shooting in Blackpool, an incident after which he was awarded the George Cross.
On 23 August 1971, when Walker was a constable, he was one of several officers who pursued a gang of five armed robbers who had attacked a jeweller's shop in Blackpool. When the gang split up, Walker and his colleague and superintendent Gerry Richardson chased one of the raiders down a dead-end alleyway. 'Fat' Fred Sewell shot Walker in the groin then Richardson twice in the stomach. Richardson died of his injuries later that day, and was also later awarded the George Cross, posthumously.
All five robbers were jailed, including Sewell who served thirty years for wounding Walker and for murdering Richardson; he was released in 2001 when aged 68. Sewell was reported to have amassed a wealth of around £1 million from property dealings while in prison.
Walker was discharged from the police force on medical grounds in 1982.
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