Soldiers die in Catterick Garrison car crash

Two serving soldiers died in a crash near Catterick Garrison on Saturday evening.

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Names released of soldiers killed in crash

Then names of two soldiers klilled when their car hit a tree have been releasded by North Yokrshire Police.

They were Mark McKeen, 23, who was from Northern Ireland, who was driving the car - and Codie Richardson, who was 20.

She was from from Stockton-on-Tees.

Trooper Mark McKeen was a well rounded individual and a first class soldier; his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him. He was a popular and engaging member of the Regiment. He served with great courage and dedication on two difficult and dangerous tours of Afghanistan.

“His untimely loss is a terrible tragedy but his memory will always be cherished by The Royal Dragoon Guards and those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

– Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, The Royal Dragoon Guards

“Private Codie Richardson had only been with the Regiment for five months, but had made a very positive impression on both her Squadron and the Catering Department. Outgoing, keen and personable, she was always willing to take on new challenges.

“She embraced being in a Cavalry Regiment and seized the opportunity to take up horse riding. She was also a very caring, considerate person and always put the needs of others first. Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by the Regiment.”

– Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, The Royal Dragoon Guards


Floral tribute for dead soldiers

Friends and fellow soldiers have been laying flowers at the spot where two of their colleagues were killed in a road accident.

The two soldiers from Catterick Garrison - a 23 year old man and a 20 year old woman - died when their car left the road and hit a tree near the town's Golf Club. Police have appealed for witnesses who may have seen what caused the black Seat car to veer off Leyburn Road just after 8.00 last night.

This report from Katie Oakes:

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