Deepcut soldier's family allowed to seek new inquest

The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young Army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks to apply for a fresh inquest into her death. Private Cheryl James, 18, was found with gunshot wounds in November 1995.

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Grieve: New Deepcut inquest 'in the interests of justice'

Private James' parents, backed by Human Rights campaign group Liberty, called for a fresh inquest into her death, lodging an application with the Attorney General for consent to apply to the High Court for one.

Today a spokesman for Dominic Grieve said he had granted his consent.

The spokesman said:

The application was made to the Attorney General on the basis that the original inquest made insufficient enquiry into the circumstances of her death and because new evidence is now available that was not put before the inquest in December 1995.

The Attorney General granted his consent because he concluded that it was in the interests of justice for the application for a new inquest to go forward and to be heard by the High Court.

– Attorney General spokesman

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