Christmas post appeal

British Forces Post Office is urging people not to send unsolicited letters and parcels to military personnel serving abroad at Christmas.

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Fishing for Forces in Northamptonshire

Servicemen and women enjoying last year's event
Servicemen and women enjoying last year's event Credit: Briggs & Forrester

Servicemen and women are being offered the chance to spend a day fishing in Northamptonshire.

Fishing for Forces day will take place at Ravensthorpe Reservoir on 11th September.

Organisers say the therapeutic qualities of fishing can help veterans from all conflicts benefit from rest and relaxation.

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Security alert at US airbase

American military personnel have been evacuated from part of the Lakenheath airbase in Suffolk after a suspicious car was found near an entrance.

The A1065 has been closed while explosives experts check the vehicle.

Lakenheath is home to the USAF's 48 Fighter Wing which fly F15 warplanes.

Royal Anglian killed in Afghanistan named

Corporal Alex Guy
Corporal Alex Guy from the Royal Anglian Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday Credit: Ministry of Defence

A British soldier killed during an operation targeting insurgents in Afghanistan on Friday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Alex Guy. He was born in Norwich and grew up in St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Cpl Guy, 37, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed while leading his section to assist a group of Afghan soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during an insurgent ambush in Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.

His wife Emma, who he married in 2006, said: "Alex was kind. A happy, full-of-life and kind hearted man, with a passion for his work and family."

Dead soldier expected to be named today

A soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who was killed yesterday in Afghanistan is expected to be named today. His next of kin have been informed. The soldier is the 419th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence said: "It is with deep sorrow that I must confirm that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment has been killed by enemy action whilst deployed on operations in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province.

"The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

The death is just two days after 23-year-old L/Cpl Ashworth from Kettering in Northamptonshire was killed in a grenade blast on Wednesday.

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