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Inquest into death of security contractor begins

Paul McGuigan and his mother Corrine Boyd-Russell Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of a security contractor who was shot by a colleague in Iraq has begun.

Paul McGuigan, whose mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, was killed in 2009.

Dan Fitzsimons is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence in Iraq for the deaths of Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare.

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Cockermouth soldier wins gold at Invictus Games

A Cockermouth soldier shot several times by the Taliban in Afghanistan is back in training after scooping five swimming medals at the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women.

26-year-old Luke Reeson only began swimming competitively 12 weeks ago but picked up a gold, two silvers and two bronzes despite having a shattered leg that he may still have to have amputated. Kim Inglis has been to see him action.

Plaque commemorates 91 former WW1 students

One of the biggest schools in Cumbria held a Centenary commemoration this afternoon, to honour former students and staff killed in the First World War.

The Bishop of Carlisle joined teachers and pupils at Trinity School for the unveiling of a new plaque. It names three men originally left off the original war memorial.

Linda Hodgson is Head of History at Trinity School:

Injured former soldier scoops 5 swimming medals

Luke has won five medals in the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women. Credit: ITV Border

26 year old soldier, Luke Reeson, from Cockermouth is inspiring young swimmers at his local club.

Luke was shot repeatedly by the Taliban on a tour of Afghanistan in 2012. His left leg was shattered and is pinned with metal rods.

Just three months ago, Luke took up competitive swimming for the first time and earlier this months scooped five medals - a gold, two silvers and two bronzes - in the Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women.

He's back to training at the pool in Cockermouth but still faces an agonising decision. His left leg isn't healing properly and isn't likely to which means he may have to make the decision to have it amputated.

Despite this, Luke says he is one of the lucky ones as he knows so many people who have had more than one limb amputated. He says even if it has to happen, the only thing that will change is his swimming style.

Due to his leg not healing properly, Luke may have to have his left leg amputated. Credit: ITV Border

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Project sinks teeth into European shark tagging

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network set up it's project several years ago. Credit: ITV Border

A project to tag sharks off the south west coast of Scotland hopes to increase it's reach to Europe.

The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network set up it's project several years ago in a bid to find out more about the movements of sharks in our waters. Now it's going to expand to other waters around Europe and it's been providing all sorts of benefits to researchers.

"Tagging can give us a lot of information but what it also does which is crucial is that it encourages research. Our work with Marine Scotland and Aberdeen University has got three kids doing PhDs. On shark research migratory movements, genetics so all this is important to input into the management that we were that we were talking about earlier on."

– Ian Burrett Scottish Sea Angling

Scottish swimmers compete in European Special Olympics

A pair of swimmers from the Border region are in action this week at the Special Olympics European games.

They've travelled from Dumfries and Galloway to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

Lauren Hall's been finding out how they're getting on.

Tiger Death inquest to begin today

An inquest into the death of a zoo keeper killed by a Sumatran tiger at a Cumbrian zoo is due to begin today.

Twenty four year old Sarah McClay was dragged into the animal's enclosure at the South Lakes Safari Zoo where she worked in May last year.

She later died in hospital of her injuries.

The week long hearing into the circumstances surrounding her death will be held at Kendal's County Hall.

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