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Soldiers given 'emergency device' to call for assistance during training

Police and military experts investigating the deaths of two soldiers in the Brecon Beacons are looking at whether emergency systems put in place by the Army were activated.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno and a second unnamed colleague were issued with an emergency device to call for assistance. But they died during a training exercise on the weekend. Hannah Thomas reports.

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Brecon reservist 'died in pursuit of his dream'

A reservist who died alongside a colleague during an assessment for the Territorial Army's SAS section on the hottest day of the year was pursuing his dream, his family said today. Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during a military exercise in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday.

In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence today, Mr Roberts's father Kelvin said:

We are all devastated at the loss of our beloved Craig; this has left a massive hole in all our lives.

We wholeheartedly supported Craig in his military endeavours and it gives us some comfort, though great sadness, that he died in the pursuit of his dream.

Next month Craig was due to start a new post in the office of the Secretary of State for Education and we were all very proud of him.

Ministry of Defence name soldier who died in Brecon

The Ministry of Defence has named one of the two army reservists who died in the Brecon Beacons on a training exercise over the weekend. He was Lance Corporal Craig Roberts. He was originally from the Penrhyn Bay area near Llandudno and working as a teacher in London.

It's thought that he and another, still unnamed soldier who died, were taking part in a selection process for the territorial army section of the SAS.

Investigations have been continuing into the deaths during the day, as Hannah Thomas reports.

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MoD: Our thoughts are with families of dead soldiers

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence can confirm the death of LCpl Craig Roberts and another Army reserve soldier during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons at the weekend.

Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

The families of the soldiers have requested that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

– ministry of defence spokesman
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