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Families await verdict over compensation

The families of Private Phillip Hewett and Corporal Stephen Allbutt, from Staffordshire, are waiting to hear today whether they can sue the Government for compensation over the deaths of the two soldiers.

“We await the verdict having fought for many years to get these claims to Court. We maintain that the MOD’s position has been morally and legally indefensible, as they owe a duty of care to those who fight on behalf of this Country.

“British troops should at the very least have adequate equipment and training, ranging from the very basic such as a GPS devices, to sophisticated satellite tracker systems, which the Americans had available to them."

– ?Shubhaa Srinivasan a Partner with law firm Leigh Day & Co who is representing the family of Cpl Allbutt and the surviving servicemen

Decisions on whether families can sue the Government for compensation

Two separate decisions will be made on whether the families of troops killed in battle in Iraq can sue the Government for compensation.

Relatives of Private Phillip Hewett and Corporal Stephen Allbutt, both from Staffordshire, claim that their equipment wasn't right and that the MOD didn't deliver a duty of care.

The MOD, however, says it doesn't owe a duty of care, and that issues around resources should be left to the Government not the courts.



Soldiers' families to return to the Court of Appeal

Court of Appeal, London Credit: ITV Central

The families of Midlands soldiers killed in Iraq will return to the Court of Appeal today. They're seeking the right to claim compensation for their deaths, arguing the men were failed by the Ministry of Defence by not being given the correct equipment.

You can read more about the start of this case here:

Colleagues in Afghanistan will be thinking of Corporal Michael Thacker

The funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has been held with full military honours at Coventry Cathedral.

Corporal Michael Thacker was originally from Wales but settled in Coventry with his wife and two year-old daughter.

The 27 year-old was shot at an observation post at Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province on June 1st.

His closest colleagues from First Batallion the Royal Welsh Fusiliers were unable to attend today's service.

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