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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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Coffin route blanket laid to rest on Black Mountain

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A hand-knitted 20ft woolen blanket which has heather seeds sewn into it has been carried to the Black Mountain to help restore a peat bog.

The Cwtch blanket was knitted by Swansea based artist Ann Jordan in 2009 from 12 miles of yarn from local Black Mountain sheep.

When the blanket was completed in 2010 it was named ‘cwtch’ and laid in an ancient burial cairn on the Black Mountain to pay tribute to an ancient walking route dubbed the ‘coffin route’.

The route earned its name when the bodies of men from nearby farms, who died in quarries and mines on the other side of the Black Mountain, were returned home.

I am absolutely delighted that the blanket can be returned to the earth from whence it came and will hopefully play a role in repairing the bare peat that is in decline in that area. I made this blanket to represent the decline of the wool industry, to mark the old coffin route that not only quarry workers and miners walked along, but also a trail that farmers’ wives followed –knitting as they walked.

– Ann Jordan

Seven of 'the world’s all-time best places to visit' in Wales

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According to the Lonely Planet Guide Wales has seven of the world's best places to visit.

It has compiled an 'Ultimate Travelist' of 500 places it believes the every traveller must experience.

The places chosen in Wales are:

  • Snowdonia (181)
  • Portmeirion (207)
  • St Davids Cathedral (294)
  • Caernarfon Castle (315)
  • Brecon Beacons (365)
  • Tintern Abbey (373)
  • St Fagans National History Museum (431)

Top of the list are the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia.


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Ministry of Defence: We are truly sorry for SAS deaths

Speaking after a coroner ruled that neglect contributed to the deaths of three Army reservists, Brigadier John Donnelly, director of army personnel services, said: "We are truly sorry for all the mistakes the coroner identified today."

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'No part of armed forces can be above law,' says widow

No part of the armed forces can be above the law, the widow of an army reservist has said following the conclusion of the inquest into his death.

Bryher Dunsby said the inquest into her husband James's death had uncovered "countless and embarrassing failings" as she accused the Ministry of Defence of "losing sight" of its values and demonstrating "no responsibility".

Speaking outside the inquest in Solihull, she urged the MoD to show "maturity and look at its failings, and to want to improve".

She paid tribute to her "chivalrous, loyal and high-spirited" husband, saying he would have been "hugely disappointed" in the MoD.

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