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Training run death soldier named

A soldier who collapsed and died on a 3 mile moorland run during a training exercise has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Private Michael Ihemere, 26, from Umuodo, Nigeria, was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, who joined fierce fighting serving in Afghanistan.

He collapsed on Wednesday morning while taking part in an exercise on Army ranges near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Soldier dies on training exercise

A 26-year-old soldier from the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment has died after collapsing while on a moorland training exercise in North Yorkshire, police have said.

The incident, which was not being treated as suspicious, happened near Leyburn on Wednesday morning. The soldier died at the scene.

"Officers were called just before 9am on Wednesday 28 August 2013, following a report that a 26-year-old man, serving in the military, had collapsed at Barden Moor, Leyburn.

"Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are not yet in a position to release his name. His family have been informed.

"Officers are working with the Army to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is not suspicious, so that a file can be prepared on behalf of the coroner."

– A North Yorkshire Police

An Army press officer referred calls to North Yorkshire Police. The soldier's collapse followed the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon

Beacons who were on an SAS selection training course when temperatures reached 30C in July.

Corporal James Dunsby, Lance Corporal Criag Roberts and Trooper Eddie Maher were carrying heavy packs while attempting to cross the Pen y Fan mountain.

Conditions in North Yorkshire were much cooler on Wednesday, around 17C. It was not clear if soldiers were carrying heavy loads in this exercise.

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Mercian homecoming in Tameside

More than a hundred and fifty soldiers from across the northwest have begun a series of homecoming parades to mark their return from active duty in Afghanistan.

The Mercian regiment has been given the freedom of the Borough of Tameside with thousands lining the streets to applaud the soldiers. Ralph Blunsom reports.

Mercian Regiment to be given freedom of Tameside

The Mercian Regiment Credit: PA

The Mercian Regiment is to be given with the freedom of the Borough of Tameside later.

Soliders from the Cheshire-based regiment have paraded through Stalybridge before being presented with medals in Dukinfield.

They are the 11th recipients of the Freedom of the Borough in Tameside's 39-year history.

Civic mayor of Tameside inspects troops at freedom ceremony
The civic mayor presents medals to The Mercian Regiment in Dukinfield

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