Army training exercise in Shropshire

4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment

Soldiers from The 4th Batallion, the Mercian Regiment are taking part in a public order training exercise today in Shropshire.

It's ahead of their deployment to Cyprus.

During the exercise 90 troops will be dealing with crowds wielding batons and throwing petrol bombs.

4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

4 Mercian is an army reserve unit and will soon be sending 58 soldiers to Cyprus to take part in a UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

They will fly out at the end of March and return in October.

4 Mercian has troops from TA centres across the Midlands including Birmingham, Mansfield, Stoke, Burton and Kidderminster and Wolverhampton.

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Army riot training exercise

Soldiers from The 4th Batallion, the Mercian Regiment are taking part in a public order training exercise today in Shropshire. It is ahead of their deployment to Cyprus.