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Military band plays Star Wars theme as PM inspects troops

A military band has played the Star Wars Imperial March as the Prime Minister inspects troops at Sandhurst.

Theresa May MP is representing the Queen at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy.

Almost two hundred cadets have successfully completed a year's intensive training to be officially commissioned as Army officers.


PM represents Queen at Sandhurst Sovereign's Parade

Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, arrives at Sandhurst

The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP is representing Her Majesty The Queen at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst this morning.

The Parade marks the completion of a year's intensive training for 162 officer cadets from the UK and 27 officer cadets from overseas.

During a Commissioning Service, the UK officer cadets will be officially commissioned as British Army officers and overseas cadets will return to their countries' armies.

Ready, steady, shed - top prize in Shed of the Year

While Team GB's Olympians have been battling it out for gold over in Rio, a father-of-four has quietly lifted one of the nation's most coveted titles - that of shed of the year.

Kevin Herbert spent eight years building West Wing at the bottom of his garden in Sandhurst, Berkshire.

It boasts a loft area, secret bookcase and a roof made of grass and wild flowers.

Shed of the Year Credit: Press Association

The 42-year old's shed was shortlisted from almost 3,000 entries and judges agonised over the winner during the Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces Shed of The Year.

Mr Herbert hid his victory from his children ahead of the programme, which aired on Friday, but admitted he had done "nothing but go on about it" after reaching the final.

Mr Herbert, a thatcher by trade, said his shed had been inspired by his childhood days of building tree houses and working on it helped him recover from ill health.

Serious sexual offences lands man over 7 years in jail

A man from Sandhurst has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for serious sexual offences against children.

StevenPurchase, aged 36, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court of one count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

He will be required to register on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Andy Howard of theChild Abuse Investigation Unit said, "This is a significant sentence which reflects the seriousness of Purchase's actions and he will rightly now spend a number of years in prison."

Steven Purchase, aged 36, will spend the next seven and a half years of his life in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police
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Sovereign's Day Parade at Sandhurst

The son of a famous prisoner of war - was among 200 officer cadets - passing out at Sandhurst today.

Guy Peters is the son of John Peters, a Tornado pilot shot down and imprisoned by the Iraqis in the first Gulf war. Clearly not deterred by military service - he was also awarded the Queen's medal for being one of the best of his year.

Rachel Hepworth was there to watch the next generation of officers who will command our soldiers here and abroad on 'Sovereign's Parade' - a highlight of the Sandhurst calendar.

The interviewees are: John Peters, Former RAF pilot and Guy Peters, Officer cadet.


Hundreds of cadets take part in Sovereign's Parade

Around 600 cadets are taking part in the Sovereign's Day Parade at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Of those, 200 of the senior term will be receiving their commissions after a year of hard training.

Around 600 cadets are taking part in the parade today Credit: ITV Meridian
Cadets line up outside Sandhurst Credit: ITV Meridian
Standing proud outside Sandhurst Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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