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Nine suspects now held over killing of British pilot

Helicopter pilot Roger Gower Credit: Tropic Air Kenya

Nine suspects are now being held over the killing of British helicopter pilot Roger Gower who was on an anti-poaching mission, police in Tanzania say.

Seven more suspects have been arrested for the shooting of Mr Gower, who was on a joint operation with Tanzanian wildlife authorities when he was shot, Simiyu regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa said.

Mr Gower died on January 29 in Maswa wildlife reserve, near Serengeti National Park.

Mambosasa said some of the suspects identified the man who pulled the trigger. Three elephant tusks and 29 firearms were seized in the operation to arrest Mr Gower's killers.

Tanzania has been identified as a key hotspot for elephant poachers.



Cheryl James's father: Police 'assumed suicide'

Private Cheryl James was one of four recruits to die at Deepcut over a seven-year period. Credit: Family handout

The father of a a teenage soldier found dead at an army barracks has told an inquest there had been an "assumption of suicide" by the police.

Private Cheryl James, 18, was discovered with a fatal bullet wound at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey in November 1995.

It felt cursory. It felt rushed. They rang to say they were reopening the investigation into my daughter's death. They didn't tell me they were lumping it together with Sean Benton's death.

– Mr James told the inquest

John Beggs QC, representing Surrey Police, said at the time the force was also investigating the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the M25 rapist.

Mr James told the court he had voiced concerns that Surrey Police's resources were "stretched" but he was told they were not.

Mr Beggs said three people had come forward to say Pte James had spoken to them about shooting herself, including one who claimed she had said: "The only way to get out of the army is to put a gun to your head."

Mr James said the comments could possibly be explained by "bravado".

Lawyers for Pte James's family had called for the inquest to be delayed to allow "important" forensic evidence to be heard before other witnesses were called.

The inquest, which is expected to last seven weeks, was adjourned until Tuesday.

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