MoD to be censured over Brecon Beacons soldiers' deaths

Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts, and Corporal James Dunsby died after collapsing during a march on one of the hottest days of 2013.

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MoD to be censured over Brecon Beacons deaths

The Ministry of Defence is to be censured over the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013.

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Health and Safety Executive said it will issue a so-called Crown Censure following the tragedy on one of the hottest days of 2013.

But for Crown immunity, the MoD would have faced prosecution for failings identified, said the HSE.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during the march and Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby collapsed and died later.

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The march took place in 2013 on one of the hottest days of the year. Credit: ITV News
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