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Gulf War veterans 'still being ignored' by MoD

Twenty five years on from the Gulf War, veterans like Rodger Needham, 48, who has Gulf War Syndrome, say they are still being ignored by the Ministry of Defence.

Rodger, from Dunscroft, near Doncaster, was one 50,000 British servicemen and women, who blame a cocktail of injections and pills to protect them against chemical attack, for health problems they now suffer. Rodger has chronic fatigue and post traumatic stress disorder.

He says it is not about compensation. Instead it is about getting to the truth and also being given government recognition for what they have endured.

Rodger has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue and can no longer work.

An MoD spokesperson said:

We are indebted to allthose who served our country in the 1990/1991 Gulf conflict. In recognition of this financial support is available to veterans and dependants whose illness or death is due to service through the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces occupational pensions schemes.

The MOD sponsored a research programme into the possible health effects of the combination of vaccines and tablets which were given to troops at the time of the 1990/1991 Gulf conflict to protect them against the threat of biological and chemical warfare. The overwhelming evidence from scientific research is that these would not have had adverse health effects. All documents relating to such allegations have been in the public domain for many years and despite repeatedly asking for further evidence we have received nothing to support these unfounded allegations.

– MoD Spokesperson


Man who died in fire identified as 44-year-old Cy Cooper

Detectives investigating the death of a man following a fire in Sheffield have identified him as Cy Cooper.

Man who died in fire identified as 44-year-old Cy Cooper

Mr Cooper, 44, died after the blaze on Bluebell Close on 29 July. A post mortem examination has revealed he died of multiple injuries, none of which was related to the fire.

Four men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 23-year-old man remains in police custody today being questioned by officers. The remaining four have been released.


Sheffield burglar jailed for five years

A burglar from Sheffield has been jailed for five years after stealing a car from the driveway of a house.

Marlon Guy Grossett has been jailed for five years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

28-year-old Marlon Guy Grossett, of Barnsley Road, Fir Vale after breaking into a house in Belmont Drive, Stocksbridge, in June. Grossett, along with others, stole one of the cars from the driveway, as the homeowners gave chase in another car.

Grossett continually denied his involvement in this crime and has refused to assist us in providing the names of his accomplices, which is highly frustrating for both the victims and the officers involved.

I am pleased he has been taken off the streets for a number of years and our work will continue to ensure that criminals like Grossett are apprehended and brought to justice.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker
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