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'Too much paperwork' to halt SAS march, inquest hears

It's claimed an army officer told a grieving family it would have been 'too much paperwork' to cancel an SAS test march - in which three soldiers died on the Brecon Beacons.

An inquest has been told the remarks were made to the relatives of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay.

Watch the report from Alexandra Lodge below:

The inquest also heard from one of four other reservists who were hospitalised after the march.

He gave evidence from screened-off witness box constructed specifically to protect military witnesses' identity.


SAS deaths inquest: Craig Roberts 'lit up every room'

A Leicester University graduate who collapsed and died during an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons two years ago a "genuine man, who lit up every room he was in", an inquest has been told.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died in 2013 Credit: ITV News

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, was pronounced dead on the mountainside after taking part in the military exercise on Pen Y Fan in July 2013.

ITV Wales reporter Alexandra Lodge has the latest from the inquest in Solihull:

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Coroner orders reporting delay for 'security' reasons

The coroner in the inquest into the deaths of three soldiers who died after a military exercise in Brecon Beacons has ordered a five minute delay in reporting details from the hearing.

The Ministry of Defence had argued for this because of the potential of disclosing of facts relating to national security.

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Family told SAS march went ahead 'to save paperwork'

An Army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a special forces test march which led to three deaths, a coroner has heard.

The unnamed commanding officer allegedly made the remark to relatives of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest in Birmingham.

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Families tell inquest of dead soldiers' SAS hopes

An inquest into the deaths of three soldiers during a gruelling SAS test in 2013 has heard from their families, as they talk about the men's hopes of joining 'the best of the best.'


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SAS training death witnesses to give evidence behind a screen

An inquest into the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise in 2013 will ensure the "full facts are brought to light", the coroner said.

ITV News Corespondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquests:

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Inquest into soldiers' SAS training deaths to start

An inquest into the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise in 2013 is due to begin today.

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Corporal James Dunsby died after taking part in the military exercise on Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, in Wales.

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts. Credit: MoD/ Joe Giddens/PA Wire

L/Cpl Roberts, 24 and from Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, was pronounced dead on the mountainside, while L/Cpl Maher and Cpl Dunsby, both 31, were taken to hospital.

L/Cpl Maher died three hours later in Merthyr Tydfil's Prince Charles Hospital while Cpl Dunsby, from Bath, Somerset, was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he died on July 30.

The hearing was delayed to allow the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to review its decision not to bring criminal charges of gross negligence manslaughter over the deaths.

A number of other soldiers taking part in the exercise on July 13, when temperatures hit 29C (84F), also collapsed and needed medical attention.

New army brigade to be formed in the West Midlands

Credit: MOD

The 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade will be formed today at Venning Barracks in Telford.

The Brigade will be made up of the 11 Signal Brigade and the former 143 West Midlands Brigade which was based in Shrewsbury, as part of the Army restructuring programme - the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Signal and West Midlands Brigade will oversee seven regular Regiments and four reserve Regiments as well as taking responsibility for support to all Army units in the West Midlands- that's around 6,000 soldiers.

It will be the new face of the Army in the West Midlands.

  • Their role will include:
  • Supporting Army personnel and their families
  • Liaising with the employers of reserve soldiers
  • Overseeing Cadet Forces
  • Community relations
  • Helping with national projects like flood relief and events like the Commonwealth Games and Political Party Conferences.

In 2015 the area will host more soldiers as two Regiments are due to leave Germany and be permanently re-based at Beacon Barracks in Stafford.

Soldier blown up 17 TIMES and nicknamed 'Bomb Magnet' awarded Military Cross

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde, 38, has been nicknamed "Bomb Magnet" Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde from Cheltenham was blown up 17 times in Afghanistan and Iraq, but casually shakes it off as an "occupational hazard".

The soldier, nicknamed the 'Bomb Magnet' for his encounters with IEDs and missiles received the Military Cross today at Buckingham Palace.

"There's no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I'm just fortunate enough that I've survived."

He was recognised last July for his bravery when he entered a compound where he feared there were IEDs - to rescue his commanding officer.

"He entered into a compound which had significant battle damage on it and I know the tell-tale signs of where IEDs are planted by insurgents and I wanted him out of there and the only way I could get him out of there was to go in and get him."

On his rescue mission an Afghan soldier stepped on an IED right in front of him - losing a leg. Warrant Officer Hyde arranged for troops to be rescued while lying injured on the ground.

He jokes,

"My family don't want me to go back"

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