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12-year-old boy gone missing at Cosford Air Show

Police are appealing for information as a 12-year-old boy has gone missing at the RAF Cosford Airshow.

RAF Cosford set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors

The RAF Cosford Air Show is set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors on Sunday to showcase the work of the Royal Air Force.

File photo of the RAF Cosford Air Show Credit: Ashok Saxena / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The event includes both with interactive ground displays and flying displays from a diverse array of aircraft.

Carol Vorderman, who will again be flying in to visit the show, said "This is a great day out for all of the family!"

The Air Show team have also recently announced a number of additions to the flying programme, including the rare appearance of a United States Air Force strategic bomber, the Boeing B-52H, which will be performing a number of flypasts.

Other aircraft recently confirmed also include a RAF Puma HC2 helicopter and RAF C-130J Hercules which will both be appearing at the show.

Despite this week's wet weather, organisers are confident that the rain won't cause them any issues.

The airfield has great drainage and the ground is still firm despite this week's heavy rain.

As a precaution we've got extra trackway coming into the car parks and around the showground this year, so our visitors shouldn't face any problems.

The weather forecast for the weekend is very good so we expecting to match last year's sell-out crowds.

– Clive Elliott, Air Show Director

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Weekend Picks: Model Air Show

International Model Air Show: Fri 17th - Sun 19th June (Weston Park, Shropshire)

Pilots Andy Johnstone and Tristan Stirling Credit: Weston Park

Pilots from all over the UK and Europe will take off from Weston Park this weekend at the International Model Air Show.

On display and flying will be the latest equipment from small micro-copters to larger professional machines.

There will be the Battle of Britain pyrotechnic display and the Swift Glider display team performing mid-air acrobatics. Children can also take part in free model building workshops.

For opening times, prices and more information visit: www.westonparkmodelairshow.co.uk

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Deepcut soldier's family 'deeply saddened' by suicide verdict

The parents of soldier Cheryl James say they are "deeply saddened" by a coroner's verdict that she took her own life at Deepcut barracks.

Her father Des James told waiting journalists:

We are deeply saddened by the coroner's conclusions, having sat through all of the evidence ourselves, listened carefully every word, read every statement and re-read every testimony.

In short, it's our opinion that it did not lead to this verdict.

– Des James
Private Cheryl James' parents outside Woking Coroner's Court after the verdict. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

He added: "Deepcut was a toxic and horrible environment for a young woman, and we have no doubt that this would have had a terrible impact on those that were required to live there".

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MP 'shocked' by the Army's 'neglected' duty of care

Private Cheryl James died at Deepcut barracks in 1995 Credit: ITV

An MP has said she is "shocked by the extent to which the Army neglected their duty of care at Deepcut Barracks", following the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James.

In a statement, Madeleine Moon MP said there was "undisciplined atmosphere at Deepcut", and the deaths of the four recruits "reflected the culture in the Armed Services at the time."

However the verdict "represents hope for closure and relief for one of the families and the prospect of justice for the others".

She said "bullying and sexual harassment" still occurs in the Army, despite the creation of the Service Complaints Ombudsman, and called on the Secretary of State for Defence to be held to account.

"In the spirit of openness and accountability, Michael Fallon must come to the house on Monday to make a statement."

"This is an opportunity for the MOD to restore public confidence in their commitment to the welfare of personnel and to demonstrate their willingness to recognise and learn from past mistakes," she added.

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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."

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