Northumberland soldier demonstrated "unstinting bravery"

A bomb disposal officer from Northumberland has been honoured at today's Operational Honours and Awards at Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his work out in Afghanistan.

Sergeant David Acarnley, from Riding Mill, is one of three people to receive the Queen's Gallantry Medal, which is awarded to people for acts of exemplary bravery not in the presence of the enemy.

The citation in full reads as follows:

"Working in the face of extreme danger from IEDs, exceptional heat and the stress of high operational tempo, Acarnley has been tested both tactically and technically.

"He has time and time again demonstrated unstinting bravery in the face of multiple, complex and imminent explosive threats."

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Soldiers honoured at Sandhurst

Soldiers from across the country, including the North East, are being honoured at today's Operational Honours and awards at Sandhurst.