Solider's body flown home from Iraq

The body of a soldier from Greater Manchester who died in Iraq is being flown home today. Scott Hetherington from Middleton was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

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Hundreds turn out to remember soldier shot in Iraq

Crowds turn out to remember young soldier and father. Credit: ITV Granada

Hundreds turn out in Middleton to remember Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington who was shot in Iraq.

Friends and family organised the memorial service in his home town to celebrate the life of the young soldier and father.

His family have described his death a 'tragic accident for all those involved'.

He was shot in a camp north of Baghdad in an incident which 'was not the result of enemy fire'.

Memorial gardens in Middleton remembering Scott Hetherington Credit: ITV Granada

Family and friends remember soldier shot in Iraq

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington Credit: Ministry of Defence

A special memorial is being held in Middleton today to celebrate the life of a soldier who was shot in Iraq.

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was serving with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment when he was died in what's been described as a 'tragic accident'.

He had just become a father to baby girl three months before he died.

Scott Hetherington's coffin carried by his regimental colleagues Credit: MOD

The Ministry of Defence said his death "is currently under investigation", but it was "not a result of enemy activity."

His body was repatriated back to UK last week. His partner and baby daughter Safaya were at the airbase in Brize Norton as his body was flown home.

Scott Hetherington's baby daughter at his repatriation Credit: ITV Granada

You can find details of the events planned for Scott at Middleton Memorial Gardens here.

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Family waiting for repatriation of solider killed in Iraq

The family of a solider killed in Iraq are at RAF Brize Norton as his body is flown home.

Lance Cpl Scott Hetherington was killed in what the Ministry of Defence say was a "non-combat incident".

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox is tweeting from Brize Norton:

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