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Soldier deaths driver pleads not guilty

Scene of the crash on the A66 Credit: ITV Border

A 52 year old lorry driver accused of causing the death of two soldiers has pleaded not guilty to death by dangerous driving.

Lance Sergeant David Gartland aged 40, and Private James Austin aged 24, died in the accident on the A66 near Stainmore in September 2011.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Colin Pattinson entered a not guilty plea and will now face trial in September.

The two soldiers had spent the day at the Warcop Firing Range near Appleby and were heading back to their base at Catterick Garrison in an army Land Rover ambulance when the accident happened.

Scots soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defence have announced that a soldier from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan yesterday.

The soldier was killed whilst in Patrol Base Shawqat, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

It is thought that his death was the result of an "insider attack" when he was shot by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.

The man has not yet been named, but his next of kin have been informed.

"This is incredibly sad news for the battalion and everyone serving in Task Force Helmand.

As we mark Remembrance this weekend, our thoughts now turn to the soldier's family and friends whose loss is so much greater than ours".

– Major Laurence Roche, spokesman for Task Force Helmand

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