FRIENDS and colleagues of a detective who died shortly after his retirement are taking part in a charity walk in his memory.

Detective Sergeant Dave Storey, of Darlington CID, died following a stroke in March.

The keen walker had only retired a week earlier following a long and successful police career.

Friends and former colleagues will take part in Light the Lakes for the Care of Police Survivors (Cops) charity.

They aim to scale the 852m Grasmoor in North West Cumbria by 3am on the morning of Saturday, May 31.

It is hoped to raise £530 for the charity, reflecting the fact Mr Storey was just 53 when he died.

Cops provides support to the families of police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Teams of people from forces around the country will take part in the event, walking to a number of Lakeland summits.

Each team has selected a peak and at each a lamp will be lit in memory of colleagues who have died in service.

Grasmoor was chosen by Mr Storey's walking friends as it was that fell he looked out upon from the family caravan in nearby Cockermouth to judge if the weather was suitable for walking.

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