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Sandvik job cuts: union representatives to meet managers

360 jobs are expected to go at Sandvik Credit: ITV News Central

Union representatives will hold their first meeting with managers at Sandvik Construction in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, today after news the company is moving production to Northern Ireland.

The decision affects 360 jobs.

The plant will close during the next 12 months.

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Calls for fresh inquest into Red Caps' death

The families of four military policemen murdered in Iraq, including two from the Midlands, are demanding a fresh inquest into their deaths after claiming new evidence has come to light.

They want the original inquest verdicts from eight years ago quashed.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Credit: ITV News Central
Corporal Russell Aston Credit: ITV News Central

Six soldiers, including Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull, and Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote, died in 2003 when the mob attacked a police station.

The lawyer representing four of the troops has written to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve suggesting they had fresh evidence which meant a new inquest was 'necessary and desirable in the interests of justice'.

Army whistleblower claims MOD knew of increased risk before Red Caps attacked

Corporal Russell Aston Credit: ITV News Central

A retired senior army officer has claimed authorities knew British troops in Iraq were at increased risk, before two soldiers from Solihull and Swadlincote were killed by a 400 strong mob.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Credit: ITV News Central

Six soldiers, including Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull, and Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote, died in 2003 when the mob attacked a police station.

The source, described as reliable, also alleged the incident was part of a series backed by Iran. The MOD has been asked to investigate the claim.

The MOD has said:

"It is impossible to place reliance on information attributed to an unnamed individual. However, if anyone has any new information about the events in question, we would encourage them to submit it to the MoD."

Dead soldier's family to take claim against MoD

The family of a Derbyshire soldier who was killed by an Iraqi mob are planning to bring a Human Rights case against the Ministry of Defence.

The families hope that legal action will lead to an inquiry into the deaths.

Cpl. Russell Aston, from Swadlincote in Derbyshire, died in one of the most hostile regions of Iraq in 2003 alongside three soldiers and two military police officers.

Mike Aston, Cpl Aston's father, called for justice for his son saying:

What we want is for people who were culpable in this to answer our questions.

We want justice. They weren't killed in action, it was murder.

– Mike Aston, Derbyshire. Father of Cpl Aston killed in Iraq in 2003.

The move comes after families of British soldiers killed and injured fighting in Iraq were given the go-ahead earlier this year to bring compensation claims against the Government.

An MoD spokesperson said:

Our thoughts remain with the families of those killed in this terrible incident.

However, the circumstances have been investigated extensively and reported on and no practical purpose would be served by holding a public inquiry.

– Ministry of Defence

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Families of soldiers killed in Iraq in human rights claim

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull was killed in Iraq in 2003 Credit: MoD

The families of two Army Red Caps from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and Solihull killed by an Iraqi mob are to bring a human rights act claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Lance Corporal Thomas Key, 20, and Corporal Russell Aston, 30, were killed when 400 people attacked a police station in Majar al-Kabir in Iraq in June 2003.

Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote died in 2003 along with three other soldiers in Iraq Credit: MoD

The families hope their legal action against the MoD will trigger a public inquiry into the deaths, having said they were dissatisfied with both the inquests and board of inquiry investigation which followed the deaths.

Video: full report on the families of Army Red Caps suing the Ministry of Defence

Two families of Army Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob, are to sue the Ministry of Defence for negligence. Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote in Derbyshire and Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull were killed alongside four other Royal Military Police officers.

The case which is the first of its kind, follows a judgement by the Supreme Court last month which ruled that soldiers at war are covered by human rights laws and are owed a duty of care. Kate Fisher reports.

Red Caps' deaths: MOD statement released

Our thoughts remain with the families of those who lost their lives in this incident and it is a matter of deep regret that the perpetrators of these appalling murders have not been brought to justice. We believe that the circumstances in which they took place have been as fully investigated. It would be inappropriate to comment further, ahead of any forthcoming legal proceedings.

– Ministry of Defence

Midlands families to sue over Red Caps' death

Two Midlands families of Army Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob are suing the Ministry of Defence for negligence.

Corporal Russell Aston Credit: ITV News Central

Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote in Derbyshire and Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull were killed alongside four other Royal Military Police officers when more than 400 Iraqis stormed a police station where they were helping to train locals.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Credit: ITV News Central

The legal action follows a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court last month, which ruled that soldiers at war in foreign lands are covered by human rights laws and are owed a duty of care.

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