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Family demanding soldiers involved in their son's death be sacked from army

Family of soldier from Bury who was shot dead by a colleague trying to fix a jammed machine gun are demanding those responsible are sacked by the army.

An inquest ruled Fusilier James Wilkinson died as a result of poor safety practices during a live exercise in Kenya.

His family say they're appalled two soldiers convicted of negligence have since been allowed to resume their careers after appealing against their sentences.

You can find out more about their petition here and their campaign on facebook

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Soldier killed as a result of poor safety practices

Fusilier James Wilkinson. Credit: Ministry of Defence

A soldier killed during military training died as a result of poor safety practices, an inquest jury has ruled.

Fusilier James Wilkinson, from Whitefield, was shot through the neck by a colleague trying to fix a jammed machine gun during a live firing exercise in Kenya in November 2011.

In a narrative verdict the jury at the inquest in Oldham found the 21 year old died as a result of an "inappropriate" and "ill-judged" decision by a senior officer to fix the weapon.

Police search for this man after couple attacked

Adam Fletcher Credit: GMP

Police have issued the picture of a man who is wanted for an attack on a couple in Whitefield. Adam Fletcher hasn't been seen since the incident on 28 September.

At about 11.30am that day, a man banged at the door of the house on Ridge Crescent and after there was no answer he broke in and went upstairs.

He found the man and woman in the bedroom, smashed a glass bottle against the man's face and started to stab him with the broken bottle in the arm.

The 27-year-old ran for cover, but a short time later went back to try and help the woman, who was being punched by the offender, who left a short time later.

Woman fined after taking horse into McDonald's

The horse left a mess on the floor of the Whitefield branch Credit: Twitter/@hollysinar

A woman has been fined after taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant.

She was initially refused service while in the saddle in the drive-through lane of the branch in Whitefield on Saturday.

Horses outside the McDonald's branch Credit: Twitter/@hollysinar

She then led the animal inside, where it defecated on the floor, before police were called.

McDonald's respond to horse incident

McDonald's issue a statement over Whitefield horse incident Credit: Twitter

"I can confirm that on 20th July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane.

The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant and the police issued the woman with a Fixed Penalty notice.

"The health safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-thru."

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Woman fined after taking horse into McDonald's

A woman has been fined after taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant.

She was initially refused service while in the saddle in the drive-through lane of the branch in Whitefield, Greater Manchester on Saturday.

She then led the animal inside, where it defecated on the floor, before police were called.

McDonald's staff refused to serve the woman or horse due to "company policy" Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A statement posted on the Facebook page of Greater Manchester Police's Whitefield Division read: "The staff refused to serve the woman due to company policy. The woman then took the horse into the restaurant, who ended up doing his business on the floor.

"The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.

"Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff."