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Soldiers died from 'overheating' pre-inquest hearing told

Corporal James Dunsby, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died in July last year Credit: Ministry of Defence

Three soldiers who died while on an SAS selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons died from 'overheating,' a pre-inquest hearing has been told.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, from Penrhyn Bay, Lance Corporal Edward Maher, 31, and Corporal James Dunsby, 31, from Bath, died last summer. They had taken part in a 40-mile hike in temperatures reaching 29C on 13th July.

The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to discuss whether to pursue gross negligence manslaughter with the soldiers' families and a decision will be made by the end of the month.

Witnesses at the time reported seeing soldiers on training exercise in distress and pleading for water in the Welsh valleys. A pre-inquest hearing in Solihull this morning was told the three soldiers died from the effects of hyperthermia.

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Afghan Serviceman 'gentle as they come'

Cowbridge rugby coach Richard Killock has paid tribute to Captain Thomas Clarke.

Richard Killock coached the serviceman as a junior describing him 'as a very good rugby player, totally tough and committed but off the pitch he was as gentle as they come.'

Captain Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge, enlisted as an army officer in May 2007, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot.

Deputy Prime Minister pays tribute to Afghan serviceman

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has paid tribute to one of the men who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

In a statement, he said: "My heartfelt sympathies go to the family, partner, friends and colleagues of Oliver Thomas.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas served with the Intelligence Corps Credit: MOD

"Oliver, or Olly as he was known, was taking a break from his role as a researcher in Westminster to Roger Williams. I understand from Roger that Olly was an incredibly popular and dedicated member of staff who will be greatly missed.

"It is very sad to hear about the death of a young man who had a promising future ahead of him. It is even sadder for those colleagues of Olly in the Liberal Democrats who have lost a fellow activist and dear friend".

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Families pay tribute to crash victims

The families of Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas have paid tribute to them in statements released by the Ministry of Defence.

We cannot express enough our devastation at the loss of a truly wonderful husband, son, brother and friend. Tom brought so much happiness and love to everyone he knew with his sparkling blue eyes and cheeky smile.

He had an absolute passion for life and was the best part of us; we are all poorer today without him. We carry your heart, we carry it in our heart.

– Captain Thomas Clarke's family

Oliver was a truly amazing person, living his life to the full, while fulfilling some of his many dreams and adventures. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by grieving family and friends.

– Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas's family

Two Welsh soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Two Welsh soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week have been named as Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas.

Both men were on a Lynx helicopter which crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

Captain Tom Clarke enlisted as an army officer in May 2007 Credit: MOD

Captain Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge, enlisted as an army officer in May 2007, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot. He was described as an "ambitious and competent young officer" with "a very bright and promising future."

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas served with the Intelligence Corps Credit: MOD

Lance Corporal Thomas, 26, was born in Brecon and joined the Army Reserve in June 2011. He was deployed to Afghanistan with 3 Military Intelligence Battalion in December last year, to serve with the International Security Assistance Force.

His commanding officer said he was a "young, enthusiastic and highly capable Intelligence Corps soldier" who loss will be "deeply felt."

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Youngest killed in crash was Lance Corp. Oliver Thomas, 26

Lance Corp. Oliver Thomas, 26 has been named as the youngest man to die in the Afghanistan helicopter crash.

Lance Corporal Thomas was born Brecon, Powys and joined the Army Reserve in June 2011, and after moving to London he joined 3 Military Intelligence Battalion in July 2012.

His commanding officer said: “Lance Corporal Oli Thomas was the embodiment of his generation: bright, gifted with an enquiring mind and laser focused on the task in-hand.

"The bonus for us was that he was also blessed with a natural flair and the happy-knack of always being able to raise a smile with his keen sense of wit. His absence has left an enormous gap in a close-knit team. We will remember him."

Phone salesman saved customer's nude photos

Lee Hawkes from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism. Credit: Wales News Service

A mobile phone salesman secretly copied naked photos of women customers from their phones - then transferred them onto his own computer. Sales manager Lee Hawkes, 35, downloaded dozens of images of two women who took their mobiles in for repair at his shop in Brecon, Powys.

Police raided his shop and found 48 images of a woman in her twenties in a series of different nude poses. There were a further 135 sexually explicit images of a woman in her thirties.

Merthyr Crown Court heard a colleague at the Get Connected shop was "gobsmacked" when Hawkes showed him the images and said it happened "industry wide" and was normal behaviour." Police were brought in after a complaint by staff at the shop.

Hawkes downloaded the images a shop in Brecon. Credit: Wales News Service

Hawkes, from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism and two of unauthorised access to data.

Judge Twomlow jailed Hawkes for four months but suspended the sentence for 12 months. He was also put on the sex offenders register.

Pc Gareth Tanswell said after the case, "People's mobiles carry a vast amount of personal data and images these days, and they expect to be able to trust those that they give access to them for repair, maintain or for advice purposes."

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