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New safeguards after artillery shell goes off course

Army representatives have met with Patney Parish Council following an incident in which an artillery shell fired from Salisbury Plain landed five miles in the wrong direction.

They've issued the following statement

Last week an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary of the Salisbury Plain Training Area. All artillery firing was suspended and a thorough investigation was immediately initiated.

As a result, additional safeguards have been introduced to our existing safety procedures to help ensure this does not happen again.

The Army has apologised to the landowner affected and the local community. We can be clear that the safety of our personnel and the general public is our priority in all training.

– Army spokesperson

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Family welcomes new investigation into barracks death

The family of a military policewoman found hanged at her Wiltshire barracks say they hope justice will now be done as a new police investigation into her death is held.

Anne-Marie Ellement died in October 2011 at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain. She had claimed she had been raped by two colleagues at a previous posting.

Anne-Marie's sister, Sharon, says she was let down by her commanding officers - but now hopes the truth will come out. She's been speaking to Martin Dowse:

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Former Army major: I feel betrayed by the government

A former Army major told ITV News he feels "betrayed" by the government over the Forces job cuts.

Chris Braithwaite, who left during round two of the Ministry of Defence's four stage cut system, was part of the 28 per cent of officers who were made compulsorily redundant.

After 16 years of service, personnel are entitled to a full military pension.

Mr Braithwaite received a lump sum of £122,000, instead of £344,000 because he was just 87 days short of his 16th year.

It was announced today that 4,480 Army personnel were to be handed redundancy notices in the third round of job cuts.

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Latest round in job cuts as Govt aims to reduce Army

Today's announcement that 4,480 military personnel would be made redundant is the latest round in army job cuts.

  • Round 1: 920 military personnel lost their jobs with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 2: 2,880 military personnel were made redundant with 28% of them compulsory.
  • Round 3: 4,480 military personnel lost their jobs with 16% of them compulsory.

There will be four tranches of cuts as the Government aims to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2018.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the fourth round of army cuts would be less than the amount announced today.

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Army Chief: 'We owe sincere gratitude to those leaving'

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the Army owed "sincere gratitude" to those who have been made redundant today.

This redundancy scheme is a difficult but essential step towards our A2020 structure.

We owe our sincere gratitude to those leaving the Army for their service over such a demanding period of operations.

We will support them and their families as best we can on their path to civilian life.

Meanwhile we continue to need plenty of young and talented recruits to ensure the Army is fit to meet the challenges of the future.

– Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall
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Hammond: Army cuts regrettable but unavoidable

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Today we have announced the third tranche of redundancies as we restructure the British Army to the size and configuration set out under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the Armed Forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.

“Although smaller, our Armed Forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.

"They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits.”

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