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Soldier deaths: Goole lorry driver found guilty of death by careless driving

A lorry driver from East Yorkshire accused of killing two soldiers has been acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving - but found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Colin Pattison crashed in Cumbria at around 30mph into the back of an Army Land-Rover. The army vehicle had hit the trailer of an articulated lorry which had broken down following “catastrophic engine failure”.

Private Jim Austin, 24, of 400 Troop Royal Logistics Corps, and Lance Sergeant David Gartland, 40, of the Grenadier Guards died. They were both based at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

Lorry driver 'misjudged density of smoke'

A lorry driver from Goole accused of killing two soldiers on the A66 in Cumbria has told his trial he 'misjudged the density' of smoke billowing across the road but said wasn't driving too fast at the time.

The soldiers died after being involved in two crashes with two lorries while travelling back to Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire following a training exercise. The driver of the second lorry, Colin Pattison denies all the charges against him. Hannah McNulty reports.


Major development at Catterick Garrison planned

Plans for a 25 million pound development at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have been given the go-ahead by councillors. Developers Lingfield Securities along with Keir Property were granted planning permission by Richmondshire District Council subject to certain conditions.

The development is expected to create 700 jobs and once completed will transform the former sports ground on Gough Road with major retail units, cinema, and a 60-bed hotel with 400 car parking spaces.

Samantha Stone strides out

Samantha Stone strides out on sponsored walk Credit: Calendar news

Pictured is Samantha Stone, the widow of Private Gregg Stone, who set off today on a sponsored walk from Catterick to Warminster, alongside six other soldiers from Gregg's regiment.

Private Stone, aged 20, was killed last year while trying to rescue an Afghan Policeman. The walk is to raise money for badly injured soldiers and their familes through the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.


Soldiers awarded medals after Afghanistan tour of duty

Nearly 400 soldiers have been awarded medals following a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Many were handed out by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. The troops, from 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, had been in Helmand Province, as the handover of power to the Afghan National Police continues.

The presentation was at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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Fears that barracks closure will kill the community

Holy Trinity Church of England School Credit: ITV

People in Ripon fear the closure of the nearby Claro Barracks will kill their community.

Many of the people living there are from military backgrounds and have settled in the area.

At Holy Trinity Church of England School 26% of students are from military families. The head teacher says she fears it will have an impact on the school.

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