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Ebola round-up: how the region is responding to crisis

Army medics are, tonight, preparing to travel to West Africa - to join efforts to stop the deadly Ebola virus spreading.

Teams from Aldershot have been practising in a 'mock' hospital unit to prepare themselves - or at least try to prepare - for what lies ahead in Sierra Leone.

Heathrow and Gatwick airports are getting ready to screen passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease.

Juliette Fletcher has been speaking to families waiting anxiously for news of relatives - and to the fundraisers who want to help.

Army regiment bids farewell with parade through Bicester

Crowds expected to say farewell Credit: ITV news

The British Army will bid farewell to 23 Pioneer Regiment later today - a parade through Bicester will mark decades of faithful service. The regiment is being disbanded following recent defence cuts. The Duke of Gloucester will take the Royal Salute and the Regimental flag will be ceremonially lowered for the last time.

In recent operations the Regiment has carried out force protection duties, provided Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Search teams, as well as carrying out construction tasks in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

From 1917-1921 the Pioneers were known as the Labour Corps before becoming the Pioneer Corps in 1940. Other units will take up residence at St David's Barracks. The Pioneers long association with Bicester will remain, as the town has named its new shopping centre, 'Pioneer Square'.

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New unit for GPs and nurses serving on the frontline

They're the doctors and nurses that care for our soldiers when serving abroad, yet how many of us realised that army medics were actually reserves? A new field hospital unit has opened in Brighton to help recruit everyday GPs and nurses to save lives on the frontline.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Major Jason Bolton, Colonel Liz Coles and Honorary Colonel Aidan Halligan.

Lucky local residents as army shell explodes in field

Video. A wayward army shell narrowly missed two villages, a school, a main railway line and a road, before exploding in a farmers' field. It was fired on Salisbury Plain, landing five miles away from the usual army training area and landing near the village of Patney.

Live firing has been suspended as a military investigation is underway.

Robert Murphey reports and spoke to Farmer Andrew Snook.

The Army and civilian crews provide urgent help to stop more flooding in Romsey, Hampshire

Sandbags deployed by soldiers to help keep Romsey from further flooding Credit: Simon Rowley
Sandbags and diversions in Romsey around the worst affected areas Credit: Simon Rowley
Fire crews, council and Environment Agency staff working to help avoid Romsey flooding Credit: Simon Romsey

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Troops pay tribute at Salisbury Cathedral

A service took place in Salisbury Cathedral today to mark the return - from Afghanistan - of the 1st Mechanised Brigade based in Wiltshire.

The brigade's main role while on tour was to support and train members of the Afghan Army and Police. As Martin Dowse reports - today was also a chance for the soldiers to remember those who didn't make it back.

Tributes paid to Lance Corporal Brynin

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves, Royal Signals, Commanding Officer 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), said:

“Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed one tour to Afghanistan, his appointment to support the Brigade Reconnaissance Force was indicative of his talent and leadership qualities.

He was fit, determined and genuinely wanted to make a difference. His selection for promotion to full Corporal earlier this year highlighted his flair for his chosen profession.

“Full of energy and an avid fan of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, he was also involved in every aspect of Regimental life.

Always seeking excellence, he aspired to attend pre-parachute selection on his return fromAfghanistan; his quality was such that I am confident he would have passed with flying colours.

Soldier died protecting civilians and comrades

In a statement just released, the MOD says he died during an operation in the early hours of 15 October, when the BRF deployed from Camp Bastion into the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

They were deployed to counter an imminent threat to both the Afghan population and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Towards the end of the operation Lance Corporal Brynin’s section became the target of enemy fire.

Together with a sniper and machine gunner of the BRF, Lance Corporal Brynin returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.

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