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A soldier from Derbyshire and her four-year-old Springer spaniel are helping with security at an army base in Afghanistan.

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Soldier, 23, has home burgled while at rehab centre

A 23-year-old soldier from Leicestershire who lost both legs in a bombing in Afghanistan has had his home burgled while he was away at a military rehabilitation centre.

Chris Middleton's flat in Syston was ransacked as he was learning to walk on new prosthetic legs.

He says it is another setback he did not need.

East Midlands soldiers to be honoured for Afghanistan service

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment will hold a ceremonial parade today to present soldiers with medals for their recent service in Afghanistan.

The Royal Anglian Regiment on patrol in Afghanistan Credit: MOD

The Battalion, which recruits from the East Midlands, deployed for one of the final tours of Helmand Province in September last year.

The parade is being held at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland.

The Battalion recruits from the East Midlands Credit: MOD

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Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Leicester today as a mark of respect for Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, an RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

A funeral cortege passed the Golden Mile where many businesses closed for the morning. A service with full military honours was held in Loughborough.

Rajiv Popat reports.

Public pay respects ahead of RAF officer's funeral

The people of Leicester have been paying their respects to an RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was 29, was one of five service personnel killed in the crash in Kandahar Province.

Leicester's Golden Mile came to a standstill today as a mark of respect for the officer.

Hundreds join RAF officer's funeral procession

The cortege travelling along Leicester's Belgrave Road this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

Hundreds of people have joined in a procession along the Golden Mile in Leicester to pay their respects to a RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan was one of five servicemen killed last month.

The cortege stopped briefly at Rakesh Chauhan's father shop on the street Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

The procession travelled up the Belgrave Road, where Flight Lieutenant Chauhan's father Kishor runs his business. The cortege stopped briefly outside the 61-year-old's shop, before heading to Loughborough Crematorium.

Hundreds followed behind the funeral party in a show of respect Credit: ITV News Central/Rajiv Popat

Watch: Rakesh Chauhan's father pays emotional tribute to son

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Rakesh Chauhan's father pays emotional tribute to son

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan has paid an emotional tribute to his son, who died in a helicopter crash in Birmingham last month.

Speaking ahead of today's funeral in Leicester, Kishor Chauhan described Rakesh as a great advisor to him, and that he'd do anything to have his son back.

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Flt/Lt Chauhan's father outlines today's funeral plans

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, has outlined the details of today's funeral procession through Leicestershire.

The cortege will set off from Leicester at 11:00am and first travel to Belgrave Road where 61-year-old Kishor Chauhan has a shop. Businesses are expected to close and the cortege will briefly stop, then move on to Loughborough Crematorium. A fly past will also take place after the funeral service.

Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

The funeral of an RAF officer from Leicestershire who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month is taking place today.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Leicestershire Credit: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was 29, was one of five service personnel killed in the crash in Kandahar Province.

Leicester's Golden Mile will come to a standstill as a mark of respect for the officer before the funeral service takes place.

Read more here.

Colonel pays proud tribute to chopper crash victim

Speaking at the memorial service to Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who died last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. the Corps Colonel of the Intelligence Corps Col. Jon Murray said:

"The Intelligence Corps look on him as a very proud individual, he served the battalion the reservists he served the Corps he served the British Army and he served the British community exceptionally well and clearly he will be very sadly missed by all of us."

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