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Missing schoolboy found safe and well

Ten year old Jonty Willis-McKendry who was missing from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire has been found safe and well

North Yorkshire police say Jonty turned up at a farm house in the Hudswell area, a couple of miles north of Catterick Garrison, at 7.35pm.

The owners recognised him from the appeal and contacted the police.

Jonty had last been seen at Carnagill Primary school at 11.50 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Urgent appeal for missing boy, aged 10

North Yorkshire Police is making an urgent appeal for information about a missing 10 year old boy.

Jonty Willis-McKendry has not been seen since 11.50pm on Tuesday 15 October 2013, when he left Carnagill Primary Schoolin Catterick Garrison.

He is described as being small for his age. When he left the school he was wearing a navy sweatshirt, grey trousers and black shoes.

Anyone who can help locate Jonty Willis-McKendry is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room straight away,

Search for missing 10 year old boy

Jonty Willis-McKendry, aged 10, has not been seen since 11.50pm on Tuesday 15 October when he left Carnagill Primary School in Catterick Garrison.

North Yorkshire Police are concerned about the child because his young age makes him vulnerable.

Jonty is described as being small for his age. When he left the school he was wearing a navy sweatshirt, grey trousers and black shoes.

Jonty, if you see or hear this appeal, please come home straight away. You are not in any trouble. Your family just want to make sure that you are safe and well, and have you back with them.

"If you know where Jonty is please contact the police immediately so that he can be returned home.

– Police Sergeant Heather Campbell, North Yorkshire Police

Full report: Lorry driver jailed for A66 soldiers' deaths

A lorry driver who caused the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 has been jailed for 18 months.

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Gartland were on their way back to Catterick Garrison after a training exercise when they died in September 2011.

The soldiers' Land Rover crashed and was then hit by Colin Pattison's HGV near Stainmore in Cumbria.

Hannah McNulty reports.

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A66 soldiers' deaths: Lorry driver jailed for 18 months

Lance Sergeant David Gartland and Private James Austin died in the crash in 2011.

A lorry driver who caused the deaths of two soldiers in a crash on the A66 in Cumbria has been jailed.

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Gartland were on their way back to Catterick Garrison when they died in September 2011.

Colin Pattison's HGV ran into the back of an army Land Rover killing them both. Pattison was found guilty of causing death by careless driving and was jailed for 18 months.

He has been banned from driving for six years.

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Lorry driver found guilty over deaths of two soldiers in horrific A66 crash

A lorry driver has been found guilty of causing the deaths of two soldiers in an horrific crash. Colin Pattison's lorry ran into the back of an army land rover on the A66 near Stainmore, killing Private James Austin, 24, and Lance Sergeant David Gartland who was 40.

The soldiers were travelling back to Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire following a training exercise in Warcop, Cumbria. Both men were married with children.

At Carlisle Crown Court the 53 year old from Goole in Yorkshire was convicted of two counts of causing death by careless driving but cleared of two more serious counts of death by dangerous driving. The family of Private James Austin spoke to Hannah McNulty after the verdict.

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Lorry driver convicted of causing the death by careless driving of two soldiers

Lorry driver Colin Pattison has been found guilty of two counts of causing death by careless driving of two soldiers on the A66 near Stainmore in Cumbria.

He was acquitted on two counts of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Garland died after their army land rover first hit a broken down lorry and was then hit by Pattison's HGV on the A66 near Stainmore, in Cumbria, two years ago.They were returning to Catterick Garrison following an army training exercise.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Pattison, who is 53 and from Yorkshire, was 'totally blinded' by the smoke, which was coming from the first lorry, when he drove into the smoke at around 30 miles per hour. The Prosecution said he should have slowed down more.

"Jimmy was most definitely one of life's good guys, he was my soulmate and the pain of losing him is totally indescribable. He was the perfect husband and devoted Father to our Son.

"I think I speak on behalf of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him, the world is a much sadder place without him and although we only spent a short time of married life together I will cherish his smile and memories in my heart forever."

– Katie Austin, wife of Private James Austin

"To answer your question of how the loss of Jim has affected our lives, it's surreal. Losing a child is the most painful thing a parent will go through.

"We have been sentenced to a lifetime of pain and loss, in which nothing on earth will ever be the same again.

"Our loss has broken us and we shall never experience the joy our son brought to everyone whom he met and knew."

– Statement from mother and stepfather of Private James Austin

"Regardless of the verdict today, I have lost a much loved husband and more importantly our daughter Alice has lost her Daddy.

"Losing David has left a huge void and our lives will never be the same."

– Joanne Gartland, wife of Lance Sargeant David Gartland

Jury considering verdict in soldier crash death trial

Two soldiers died in crash in Cumbria Credit: ITV

The jury in the trial of a lorry driver accused of causing the deaths of two soldiers has retired to consider its verdict.

Private James Austin died in crash in Cumbria
Lance Sergeant David Garland Credit: ITV

Private James Austin and Lance Sergeant David Garland died after their army land rover was involved in two crashes with two lorries on the A66 near Stainmore in Cumbria two years ago.

They were returning to Catterick Garrison after an army training exercise.

Colin Pattison
Colin Pattison from Goole in Yorkshire, denies two counts of causing death by dangerous driving Credit: ITV

The driver of the second lorry, 53-year-old Colin Pattison from Goole in Yorkshire, denies two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing death by careless driving.

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