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Verdict due in Brecon soldier deaths inquest

The inquest into the deaths of three soldiers who died following a training march in the Brecon Beacons will resume later.

Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts died on July 13, 2013. Corporal James Dunsby died two weeks later. Credit: MOD

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay, Lance Corporal Edward Maher, from Winchester and Corporal James Dunsby from Trowbridge, were all taking part in an SAS test march on one of the hottest days of the year in 2013.

Lance Corporal Maher and Lance Corporal Roberts both collapsed and died during the 16-mile march. Corporal Dunsby died from multiple organ failure more than two weeks after the march.

Up to seven other candidates, attempting selection for reserve special forces units, were also treated for the effects of heat, including four who were taken to hospital.

Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt is expected to record her verdict today.

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Knowledge of heat protocols 'not acceptable' on SAS hike

A soldier giving evidence at an inquest into the deaths of 3 men who collapsed during an SAS test march in the Brecon Beacons, says knowledge of the MODs heat illness protocols was not acceptable.

Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts and Corporal James Dunsby died in 2013 Credit: ITV Wales News

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, from Penrhyn Bay died on the march through the Brecon Beacons on one of the hottest days of the year in 2013. Lance Corpoal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby also died.

Today the court has heard from anonymous soldier 'AA', who was responsible for specialist reserves as well as logistics on the day of the march in July 2013.

He told the court, lessons have been learned.

Our reporter Alexandra Lodge is there, and sent these tweets from the inquest.

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Ambulance delayed as crew didn't have gate key

An Army ambulance sent to help a reservist who died on an SAS test march was delayed because its crew did not have a key to unlock a gate, an inquest has heard.

Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts and Corporal James Dunsby died in 2013

A combat medical technician told the hearing into the death of Lance Corporal Edward Maher that his vehicle became "bogged in" on a mountain after he plotted an alternative route through a farm.

The medic, a member of the special forces reserve, said he had expected to find the forestry gate open but it had been shut by other Army personnel.

An inquest in Solihull, West Midlands, has heard that Hampshire-born L/Cpl Maher and two other reservists collapsed and died from heatstroke after taking part in the 16-mile march in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales on July 13 2013.

L/Cpl Maher, 31, was found dead at about 4.45pm on July 13 with signs of rigor mortis near the march's checkpoint five.

The inquest, now in its third week, was adjourned until tomorrow.

Warrant officer denies failing to do proper assessment

A warrant officer who helped to command a fatal SAS test march has denied failing to conduct a proper assessment of a soldier who later collapsed from heat exhaustion.

The training officer, codenamed Soldier 1B, told an inquest into the deaths of three reservists that there was "not a chance" that he missed the signs of heat illness - including rolling eyes - in a test candidate known by the cipher 2P.

The inquest in Solihull, West Midlands, has heard that Soldier 2P was withdrawn from the 16-mile march on the Brecon Beacons around 45 minutes after passing through 1B's checkpoint in July 2013.

The SAS exercise took place on one of the hottest days of the year in 2013.

Giving evidence to the third week of the hearing, 1B was asked by Coroner Louise Hunt if he had simply not conducted a full enough assessment of 2P. The warrant officer replied: "I disagree ma'am, I would have done the assessment correctly."

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, from Penrhyn Bay in Conwy, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby all died after taking part in the SAS selection exercise.

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