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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.


Body of Scott Hetherington flown home from Iraq

The body of a soldier from Greater Manchester who was killed in Iraq has been flown home.

Scott Hetherington, who was 22 and from Middleton, was serving with Duke of Lancaster's Regiment when he was killed in an apparent training accident.

His family were at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to see him repatriated.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox was there.

Plane carrying body of North West soldier who died in Iraq arrives in the UK

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington from Middleton was serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence say the father of one was shot in a "non combat incident".

Credit: Ministry of Defence

His family are at Brize Norton for his repatriation.

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:

Soldier's body flown home from Iraq after shooting

Scott Hetherington Credit: Ministry of Denfence

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.

The Ministry of Defence say the father of one was shot in a "non combat incident".

An investigation is underway.


Man critical after stabbing in Middleton

A man has been stabbed outside a pub in Middleton. Police were called to Cheap Side to reports of a group of men and women fighting last night.

Officers found a 27-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

We are still trying to understand exactly what happened and why this man was attacked in such a brutal way.

From enquiries already carried out, this appears to be an isolated incident and I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything we can to find the person responsible.

If you saw anything, or have any information to do with this incident then please call us. If you recognise the description of the man we want to speak then please also contact us immediately.

– Inspector Caroline Ward, from GMP’s Rochdale borough

Middleton mum of four scoops £1m Lotto prize - and plans trip down under to be reunited with her daughter

Susan celebrates her win with her sons. Credit: National Lottery

A mum of four from Middleton is celebrating today after scooping £1m on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle from Saturday’s draw.

Susan Home, 48, said she immediately handed in her notice at work and is now looking forward to making the trip of a lifetime to Australia to see her daughter – something she never believed would be possible.

Susan, who plays The National Lottery online, discovered she was a millionaire early on Sunday morning by a loud bleeping on her phone.

“I was asleep in bed and my phone bleeped to tell me I had an email. I just thought it was probably another junk email. “I went to look and saw it was from The National Lottery – it said I had won two lucky dip tickets – I was over the moon. I couldn’t believe it!

– Lotto winner Susan Home.
Susan celebrates with her sons. Credit: National Lottery.

Susan, who worked as a warehouse operative in Middleton, said her new life begins today and she is planning to use some of her newfound fortune to visit her eldest daughter, Joanna, 29, in Australia – something she always dreamed of doing but never believed would be possible.

She said: “Joanna went travelling last November and I’ve not seen her since. I always hoped I would be able to visit her so I’ve literally been working seven days a week and as much overtime as possible in hope that one day I would be able to save enough money to go.

“Now, thanks to The National Lottery I have – this win really couldn’t have come at a better time.

“When I broke the news to Joanna she couldn’t believe it. We can’t wait to be reunited.”

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