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Soldiers learn new gunnery skills on training camp

A British Army soldier from Hull worked into the night learning new gunnery skills on a training camp.

Lance Corporal Craig Batty, 26, took part in the night firing exercise.

He was one of 200 soldiers from the Light Dragoons who are being trained as gunners at Warcop Training Area.

It’s a good experience – being able to fire the different weapons adds another string to the bow.

– Lance Corporal Craig Batty

Most of the Catterick-based soldiers who are going through the three week camp are drivers, being trained as gunners.

The course will train them in both infantryman skills – firing small arms – and mounted shooting from the back of vehicles.

The Light Dragoons were one of the British Army units who were involved in the emergency response to floods in the North of England during December.

More than 600 personnel from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, The Light Dragoons and The Royal Lancers were deployed throughout Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.


Army careers event at Catterick

The business community is lending its support to the thousands of servicemen and women leaving the military, either through choice or because of defence cuts.

They have been outlining job opportunities at a careers event at Catterick Garrison, which is Europe's largest military base.

Dominic Hamberg of the British Forces Resettlement Services and Lance Corporal Gary Daye of the Scots Guard spoke to Calendar.

Police appeal for witnesses to soldiers' fatal crash

Two soldiers have been killed after their car crashed into a tree, near Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

The accident happened just after 8pm last night on the Leyburn Road.

A twenty three-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a twenty-year-old woman died later in hospital.

Army duo killed in Catterick car crash

A man and a woman both serving in the Army have been killed after a car crashed into a tree.The incident, involving a black Seat Leon car, happened just after 8pm last night on Leyburn Road in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a 20-year-old woman died later at Darlington Memorial Hospital. Both were serving Army personnel based locally.


CCTV image of man wanted in connection with soldier assault

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault in Catterick Garrison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of assaulting two soldiers in a bar in Catterick Garrison.

The man is alleged to have launched an unprovoked attack on the soldiers in Louis’ Bar, on Kitchener Road, at around 3am on Friday 8 November 2013.

One of the soldiers, aged 27, was knocked unconscious and was treated at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton before he was allowed home.

His colleague, aged 21, suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone in the incident. He received treatment at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough for his injuries.

Attempted robbery and assault on boy

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about an attempted robbery and assault on an 11-year-old boy at Catterick Garrison.

The incident occurred as the victim was walking along Byng Road, towards Catterick Road, between 4.45pm and 5pm on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

As the boy passed the area of D’Arcy Court on the corner of Byng Road, he was confronted by three older youths aged between 16 and 18.

One of the youths told him to hand over money but he carried on walking.

The boy was then followed into a nearby alleyway and was pushed to the floor where one of the suspects stamped on his ankle before they ran off empty handed.

The three youths are described as white, with two of them having Liverpudlian accents and one was on a purple or red BMX bike.

Search for missing 10-year-old in Catterick

Jonty Willis-McKendry

Police are searching for a missing 10-year-old boy from North Yorkshire.

Jonty Willis-McKendry has not been seen since 11.50am today when he left Carnagill Primary School in Catterick Garrison.

He is described as being small for his age. When he left the school he was wearing a navy sweatshirt, grey trousers and black shoes.

Anyone who can help find Jonty should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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