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15 North Yorkshire soldiers sentenced after Kenya protest

The soldiers were based at Catterick Garrison. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

15 soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have been jailed for staging a sit-in protest while on a training exercise in Kenya.

A court martial heard that the men took the action to demonstrate against being led by commanders they described as "muppets".

The men were serving with the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and sat on the floor when ordered to stand to attention.

All the soldiers pleaded guilty to disobeying a lawful command and were given sentences of between 40 and 60 days.


Soldiers pack York Minister

Thanksgiving service at York Minister Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of soldiers who recently returned from an operational tour of Afghanistan have gathered in York Minster for a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan, joined members of the 4th Mechanized Brigade.

Soldiers attended service to remember comrades who died on duty Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York said: “Our Armed Forces are the bravest of the brave and it is a great honour to be able to welcome them home today.'

Soldiers' remembrance service in York

“The professionalism and bravery of the soldiers and marines of the 4th Mechanized Brigade has been both astonishing and humbling.

"They achieved a huge amount during our tour of duty and I am enormously proud of them.

"It is important for us now to remember our fallen and the wounded as well as to mark our achievements. It is a great privilege for us to be able to do that in the magnificent York Minster.”

– Brigader Bob Bruse
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Families of fallen at remembrance service

The soldiers from 4th Mechanized Brigade, who are attending today's remembrance service, spent the tour helping the Afghan National Security Forces take on the responsibility for Helmand province.

Also at the ceremony at York Minster will be Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan MP.

Family members of injured soldiers and the bereaved are expected to attend the service to honour the life and service of their loved ones.

Military representatives from the US, Danish and Estonian Armies will also be present.

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