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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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Pictures from memorial service for Herefordshire soldier

A memorial service for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire has begun at St Mary's Church in Kington Credit: ITV News Central
Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on April 26th Credit: ITV News Central
The 26-year-old died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen Credit: ITV News Central

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Memorial for army officer killed in helicopter crash

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April Credit: Ministry of Defence

A memorial service is taking place for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April. He died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan also lost his life in the crash Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Thomas was cremated in a private service yesterday, but today a service will take place at St Mary's Church, Kington from 13:00.

Read more about the fatal helicopter crash last month

Lincolnshire Poachers celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

The Lincolnshire Poachers will be working in Afghanistan this Christmas Credit: MOD

The Lincolnshire Poachers will be celebrating Christmas this year while they are deployed in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

They form part of The Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. The regiment says for many of the soldiers it will be their first time away from home at Christmas.

Private Ross McKenzie, 22, from Lincoln said: “Our job won’t pause because it’s Christmas, but we will find time to sit down together for a Christmas meal and have a laugh with all the lads.”

Ian Fisher: soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Fisher died in Helmand province last month
Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Fisher died in Helmand province last month Credit: Ministry of Defence

A British soldier described as "one of the best of his generation" will be laid to rest today in Staffordshire after he was killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Fisher from The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) died following an explosion in Helmand province last month.

Mourners will gather at Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire to pay their respects.

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Afghanistan veteran faces jail for killing daughter

A British soldier who survived a rogue attack in Afghanistan that left five of his comrades dead is facing a substantial jail term last night after he admitted killing his 19-month-old daughter upon his return to the UK.

Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse from Northampton was shot six times in the face and hit in both arms and legs when a renegade Afghan policeman opened fire at a checkpoint in Helmand Province.

The 25-year-old only escaped with his life by playing dead while the rampaging gunman stood over him, but lost his right eye in the 2009 incident.

He was flown back to the UK for treatment but 18 months after returning home he attacked his seven-week-old daughter, Khloe Abrams, which resulted in her suffering severe injuries.

She was taken to hospital following the attack, in May 2011, which took place at the family home in Northampton, but never recovered and eventually died in a children's hospice in November last year.

Culverhouse, of Kingsthorpe, Northampton, pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the death of Khloe Abrams when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Khloe's mother, 25-year-old Clare Abrams, of Abington, Northampton, denied the offence, and walked free from court after prosecutors decided to offer no evidence.

Man cleared of Quinsey gun murder

A man has been acquitted of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland.

Brian Shivers, 47, of Co Londonderry, had denied all involvement in the gun attack outside the Massereene Army barracks in Antrim in which sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, died.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were seriously injured in the shooting in March 2009.

Judge Mr Justice Donnell Deeny delivered his reserved judgment after the non-jury retrial at Belfast Crown Court.

Sappers Quinsey from Birmingham and Azimkar from London, were shot by masked gunmen outside the barracks in 2009.

The prosecution case against the defendant was based on DNA evidence from the vehicle used in the attack.

The defence said the genetic traces did not prove he was involved in the attack.

Dogs bound for Midlands after front line duties

Eighteen dogs have left Afghanistan after tours of up to two years on the front line - to begin the journey to their new home in the Midlands. The animals spend an exceptional amount of time on operations in comparison to a typical six-month tour for troops.

Sally Lockwood went to see them leave from the flight line in Camp Bastion and begin their journey to the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.

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