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Army Reserves recruiting in London today

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The British Army Reserve is launching its new recruitment campaign today at London Waterloo.

Potential recruits will be able to experience life on operations by trying out virtual reality headsets which convey the sensations of being in action.

The Army Reserve says signing up can boost recruits' CVs.

Many Reservists have full-time jobs but use their spare time to train with the Armed Forces and are called up and deployed in the UK or abroad alongside their Regular Army colleagues.

Fresh inquest sought into army recruit's death

Human rights group Liberty announced today that it has applied for a fresh inquest into the death of a young British Army recruit at Deepcut barracks.

Cheryl James died in mysterious circumstances at her barracks in Surrey

18 year old Cheryl James was undergoing initial training at the Surrey base when she was found dead with a bullet wound next to her eye back in 1995.

She was one of four young recruits to lose their lives at the Royal Logistics Corps camp in mysterious circumstances between 1995 and 2002.

Liberty, which represents Cheryl’s parents Des and Doreen James, made the application for a new inquest after using the Human Rights Act to secure access to documentation held by the authorities about the teenager’s death.


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Sovereign parade underway at Sandhurst

The Sovereign parade taking place in Sandhurst Credit: ITV Meridian

The Sovereign parade is taking place today to mark the completion of a year's intensive military training.

More than 200 cadets have passed out from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst today.

HRH the Countess of Wessex represented the Queen at the traditional Sovereign's Parade which brings 44 weeks of training to an end.

The cadets will now join their new regiments but they will not become official 2nd Lieutenants until the stroke of midnight tonight.

Soldier's medals stolen in burglary

A soldier who's served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia is appealing for the return of his medals, which were stolen from his home.

They were taken from Corporal Ben Bray during a break-in at his house in North London.

The thieves stole other items, including computer equipment. But, while they can be replaced, his medals cannot.

Corproal Bray spoke to our reporter Glen Goodman.


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Mixed emotions as soldiers return home

It may be farthest West London and echo to the sound of the Heathrow jets overhead but this morning Hounslow became a corner of Wales as the borough welcomed back its home regiment, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

Hundreds lined the streets to applaud as 350 soldiers, led by a 60 piece regimental band, marched through the High Street.

The regiment, which is based in Hounslow, has just returned from a seven month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

For many, it was a day of mixed emotions as the Regiment lost five soldiers in this latest deployment.

They were remembered as the regiment gathered at Hounslow's Lampton Park for a brief ceremony in which the Last Post was followed by a minute's silence in tribute to the fallen.

Hounslow homecoming parade for Welsh Guards

The people of Hounslow have turned out in their hundreds for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards' homecoming parade.

A 60 piece regimental band led 350 soldiers through the streets of the regiment's home town.

The parade marked the Battalion's return from Afghanistan. Credit: London Tonight
The procession was led by a regimental band. Credit: London Tonight
Hundreds of people lined the streets to welcome the soldiers home from Afghanistan. Credit: London Tonight

Injured soldiers complete record breaking lake swim

A group of six soldiers have been braving the chilly depths of Shepperton Lake in Middlesex for the past five days, to raise money for their injured comrades.

Night and day, the five men and one woman have powered a total of 250 miles - among them, Trooper Clifford O'Farrell, who nearly lost his legs in a blast in Afghanistan.

Our reporter Sharon Thomas joined the team as they swam into the record books:

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