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Man dies after house fire in Derbyshire

A man has died after a house fire in Swadlincote in the early hours of this morning.

The fire engulfed the home, killing a man in his 30s. Credit: ITV News Central

Police and fire crews were called to South Drive in Newhall just after 1.30 am this morning.

Derbyshire Fire Service attended the location and confirmed the body of a man was discovered inside.

His family have been informed. After an investigation, the source of the blaze was discovered to be caused by cooking left unattended.

The fire happened at the property on South Drive in Swadlincote. Credit: Google Street View


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.


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

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.

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