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Memorial unveiled to Bradford soldier Martin Bell

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Published: 25th Jan 2012 04:06:06

A memorial will be unveiled in West Yorkshire to a paratrooper and former police community support officer (PCSO) who died in Afghanistan.

Pte Martin Bell, 24, from Bradford, was killed in an explosion in January 2011 while going to the aid of a wounded friend and saving his life.

He served as a PCSO for West Yorkshire Police before joining the Army.

A stone plaque will be erected at the police contact point in Haworth where Pte Bell patrolled.

The paratrooper was on his first tour in Afghanistan, serving with the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

Before he was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED), Pte Bell ignored an order not to move from his position to reach his wounded friend and applied a tourniquet to stem the blood flow.

He was awarded a posthumous George Medal for his actions.

The plaque has been provided free by local craftsmen and is being unveiled by dignitaries including West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, Bradford councillors, the Parachute Regiment and Pte Bell's family.

"As a PCSO, Martin worked in the heart of the local community in the Worth Valley so it is appropriate such a fitting memorial has been created in Martin's name at one of the contact points we use to provide truly local policing," Sir Norman said.

"It is heartwarming to see so many individuals, not least the talented craftsmen who created this plaque, come together to give their effort and time to remember Martin this way."

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