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Tearful family of dead soldier thank his platoon

The familly of 23-year-old Kingsman David Shaw who was killed in Afghanistan last January, red out a emotional statement at the end of an inquest into his death.

Kingsman Shaw was on duty at an Afghan Police checkpoint which came under fire when a bullet struck him in the neck. He died 2 days later in hospital.

The inquest concluded that David was unlawfully killed.

Soldier's inquest set to finish

Kingsman Danny Shaw killed in Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The inquest into the death of a soldier from Barrow, who was killed in Afghanistan last January, is due to finish soon. The inquest has heard how 23-year-old Kingsman David Shaw, of 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed by 'sheer fluke'.

Kingsman Shaw was on duty at an Afghan Police checkpoint which came under fire when a bullet struck him in the neck. He died 2 days later in hospital.

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Former commando to get high-tech prosthetic leg.

Gregg Stevenson was injured on patrol in Helmand in 2009

A former soldier is to be fitted with what's being described as the world's most technologically advanced prosthetic limb.

Gregg Stevenson, from Foulridge in Lancashire, lost both legs after stepping on a mine while on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan 5 years ago.

The new limb offers more physical capability than other prosthetic legs and will enable Gregg to do much more. Gregg, who's 29, and has a young son, says "I’ll be able to run around and play with him like other parents can, without having to switch between different limbs."

Gregg Stevenson

Gregg's been volunteering for a charity encouraging injured colleagues to take up sport and get their lives back on track. He hopes his increased mobility with the new limb will enable him to return to working as an engineer.

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Inquest into soldier deaths expected to conclude

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, from Lytham St Annes, and Private Daniel Wade, from Warrington

An inquest into the deaths of two soldiers who were killed by a roadside bomb is expected to conclude today.

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, from Lytham St Annes, and Private Daniel Wade, from Warrington, were on patrol when an explosion destroyed their amoured vehicle.

The blast near Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan killed the two men and four of their colleagues. It was the biggest loss of life for British forces since 2006.

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