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Inquest for soldier Matthew Haseldin

Private Matthew Haseldin was just 21 Credit: Ministry of Defence

A soldier from North Yorkshire was shot and killed when a bullet missed the protective plate of his body armour by just over a centimetre, an inquest was told.

Private Matthew Haseldin, from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, had only been in the Army for a few months when he was killed during a Taliban ambush in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in November last year.

The coroner recorded a verdict that the 21 year old from Settle was unlawfully killed while on active service.