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Fight to keep Invicta Park army barracks in Kent open

Campaigners fighting to keep open an army barracks in Kent say that over 200 years of military heritage will be lost if the proposals go ahead.

The Maidstone MP, Helen Grant, is among the supporters of efforts to keep the site open. She says the decision to close the Invicta Park army barracks will be a negative step for the army. Nashreen Issa reports.

In the report we hear from Helen Grant MP, Conservative, who represents Maidstone and the Weald; Sir Julian Brazier, Conservative, MP for Canterbury; and Lt Col Brian Awford, a former Commanding Officer.


Blind veterans take part in world championships

A team of three blind veterans makes up the first civilian team to compete at the Pace Sticking World Championships at Sandhurst.

Military charity Blind Veterans UK is entering a team that, as well as being the first non-serving team to take part in the competition’s history, also has three of its members who are registered blind.

The blind veterans that make up the team are Kevin Alderton, Billy Baxter and Steve Birkin. They are led by the sighted Drum Major Tony Taylor. They are taking on pace sticking teams from across the Armed Forces and around the world.

The origin of the pace stick, which looks like a large pair of compasses, is claimed by the Royal Regiment of Artillery, who used a 'gunner's stick' to measure the distance between their guns in the field.


Have a look at the new 'bigger, better, safer' army field hospitals

Field hospitals are a crucial part of our military - treating patients in some of the most hostile parts of the world. But they can only provide so much protection.

Now, though, there's a new addition to Field Hospitals. A structure so big it would need to be flat-packed into more than a hundred shipping containers. But it's designed for pretty much anywhere. Medics have been putting it to the test on exercise in Hampshire. Emma Wilkinson reports.

The field hospitals of the future...

Field hospitals are a crucial part of our military - treating patients in some of the most hostile and isolated parts of the world. They often include large tent-like structures, but they can only provide so much protection. Soon there could be a major new addition to Field Hospital capability, as Emma WIlkinson reports.

"Being in the Army was one of her ambitions". School pays tribute to Surrey Army recruit who died in training

Megan Park, 21, died while undergoing initial training at Pirbright Camp in Surrey Credit: ITV Meridian

The former school of the Army recruit who died while undergoing initial Army training has paid tribute to her.

Megan Park, who was 21, collapsed and died at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright in Surrey after taking part in an exercise.

"The School staff were saddened on hearing the news of Megan’s death yesterday. Staff who taught Megan and particularly Megan’s Head of Year, Mrs Hughes remember Megan as a polite, hard working young person willing and keen to involve herself in many activities. As an individual Megan knew want she wanted to achieve and being in the Army was one of her ambitions. Megan's focus on her studies reflected her determination to be successful in her future career. Our sympathy goes to Megan’s family at this sad time."

– Witton Park Academy
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