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Inquests into soldiers' deaths after firing range incident to open Friday

An inquest into the deaths of two soldiers who were fatally injured at a firing range will open later this week.

Corporals Matthew Hatfield (L) and Darren Neilson (R) were described as 'exceptionally talented soldiers' Credit: British Army

Corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson, both serving with the Wiltshire-based Royal Tank Regiment, died from injuries they suffered at the Castlemartin ranges in Pembrokeshire on 14 June.

The Ministry of Defence said two other soldiers were seriously injured in the incident at the training base, which is used by tanks and armoured units for gunnery exercises.

The inquest into the deaths of Cpl Hatfield and Cpl Neilson, who had both served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will open in Birmingham on Friday.


Appeal for witnesses after man sustains life changing injuries

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash on Anglesey.

A pedestrian in his 40s sustained life changing injuries Credit: PA

It happened on Tuesday, June 27. Police were called to a report of a crash at 5:50pm involving a pedestrian and a silver coloured Vauxhall Astra on Lôn Ceint in Pentre Berw, Gaerwen.

The man, who is in his 40’s, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd with what has been described as 'serious and life changing injuries'

Police are appealing for witnesses and are asking anyone with information to call 101.

Hen harrier numbers down in Wales

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An RSPB survey says the number of breeding pairs of Hen harriers has fallen by almost a half. In 2012 there were 57 pairs but by last year the number had fallen to 35.

Hen harriers are the most threatened birds of prey in the UK due to illegal killings and destruction of heather moorland and forestry, their natural habitat.

The latest figures back up a continued trend that we have seen for more than a decade - hen harrier numbers are on the decline throughout the UK.

The illegal killing of this bird of prey is a significant factor behind the diminishing numbers and a large barrier stopping their recovery.

Without purposeful action from all, including governments across the UK and the shooting industry, we may see hen harriers once again lost from more parts of the country

– Martin Harper, RSPB conservation officer


'Stronger Lions side' if Warburton starts

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New Zealand star Jerome Kaino has predicted a "huge lift of intensity" at the breakdown area if British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton starts Saturday's second Test.

Wales flanker Warburton is expected to begin the Westpac Stadium clash after being on bench duty for the opening Test series encounter in Auckland last weekend when New Zealand triumphed 30-15.

First Test skipper Peter O'Mahony could be the man to drop out, while England lock Maro Itoje is another probable starter as the Lions look for a vastly-improved performance in the collision and physicality stakes.

Sam is a great leader, I don't think they lose anything having Sam in there. We are expecting a huge lift of intensity at the breakdown if they bring Sam in. If anything, they get stronger having him there.

– Jerome Kaino, All Blacks flanker

The Lions have only won a Test series twice before - in 1899 and 1989 - after going 1-0 down, which underlines how big their task is in three days' time. They have not beaten New Zealand for 24 years

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