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Cheryl James shot herself, says coroner

Cheryl died from a gunshot wound to the head Credit: ITV

Private Cheryl James died as a result of an intentional "self-inflicted shot" while on guard duty at Deepcut barracks, a coroner has ruled.

The young female recruit, 18, died from a gunshot wound to the head at the Surrey base in November 1995 - one of four recruits who died there over seven years.

Delivering his conclusion following a three-month inquest into her death, Coroner Brian Barker QC said: "The conclusion is self infliction."

He added: "This was an intentional discharge by Ms James."



Video: Investigators at scene of light aircraft crash

Investigators are continuing their work at the scene of an aircraft crash which killed two people in Shropshire.

The light aircraft was heading for Shifnal Airfield when it crashed minutes from the runway yesterday, killing the two people inside.

Both the pilot and the passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said they heard the engine stall before the plane fell from the sky.

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