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Coroner: lack of preparation contributed to soldiers' deaths

Coroner Louise Hunt Credit: HM Coroner's Office

A lack of build-up marches contributed to the deaths of three army reservists who collapsed on an SAS test exercise, a coroner has said. In comments to the final day of an inquest in Solihull, Senior Birmingham Coroner Louise Hunt also ruled that checkpoint staff had missed signs of heat illness in one of those who died.

The inquest has heard that lance corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were both pronounced dead on the Brecon Beacons after suffering heatstroke in July 2013. Corporal James Dunsby from Trowbridge died at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital from multiple organ failure more than two weeks after the march.

Ruling that the lack of build-up marches in the week before the march had contributed to the deaths, Ms Hunt stressed that fitness was different to conditioning and that all those who died had been "very fit".

"I consider that the risk assessment was not adequate for the march being undertaken. It failed to address the increased risk of heat illness based on the weather forecast.

"It failed to have a clear plan for how to get to and treat any heat injury casualties that occurred."

– Coroner Louise Hunt

Coroner's damning conclusions on Wiltshire soldier's death

Cpl James Dunsby from Trowbridge was one of three reservists to die Credit: Ministry of Defence

The coroner at the inquest into a soldier from Wiltshire who was one of three to die on an exercise in Wales has begun giving her verdict. Cpl James Dunsby from Trowbridge died from multiple organ failure and hyperthermia (overheating) on the SAS exercise in the Brecon Beacons on a hot day in July two years ago.

The Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt said the organisers of the exercise had failed to made dynamic risk assessments, gave inadequate briefings and left the reservist candidates confused as to where water would be.

The trainees were given no advice about water consumption and organisers identified the wrong hospital as being the closest for casualties. One commander admitted he did not know the day's weather forecast.


Father of soldier who died after training says he hasn't had an apology

A coroner is considering her verdict into the deaths of three reservist soldiers who died on an SAS selection exercise.

Corporal James Dunsby from Trowbridge was one of the three who was killed after overheating on the march in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013.

His father has told ITV News he hasn't had an apology, and the SAS let his son down. Alexandra Lodge met him on the route of his son's fatal march.

Melanie Road murder trial adjourned

Melanie Road was 17 when she was murdered in June 1984.

The case of a man from Bristol accused of the murder of a teenager in Bath more than 30 years ago has had to be adjourned.

17-year-old schoolgirl Melanie Road was stabbed to death in the city in 1984.

63-year-old Christopher Hampton appeared at Bristol Crown Court by video link from Winchester Prison.

He told the court he had no representation due to industrial action, and was remanded in custody to appear again on July 28th.


Bath filmmaker wins award for emotional tribute to his Nan

A filmmaker from Bath has won an award for short film he has made about relationship between grandmother and grandson.

22 year old Luke Taylor from Bath made 'Nan' about the relationship he has with his own 'Nanny Pat' - who starred in the film. The film documents their relationship, from his birth to her death.

See the whole of this beautiful film here.

She's just been such an inspiration to me. If it wasn't for Nan I wouldn't have known about university. So I wanted to make something to give back.

We put an advert out to cast for a nan, but felt that nobody could tell the story better that Nan herself. So that's when I chose to actually ask Nan to do it. That's why the performance is so great because she was so natural and she really felt all the emotions.

– Luke Taylor, filmmaker

Man due in court charged with 1984 murder of teenage girl

Melanie Road was 17 when she was murdered in June 1984.

A man charged with the 1984 murder of a teenage girl in Bath will appear at Bristol Crown Court today.

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was stabbed to death after a night out with friends.

Court artist's impression of Christopher Hampton at Bath Magistrates yesterday. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

63-year-old Christopher Hampton from Bristol attended a hearing at Bath Magistrates yesterday, and remains in police custody.

Man in court charged with murder of Melanie Road in 1984

Court artist's impression of Christopher Hampton in court today. Credit: Elizabeth Cook

A 63-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Bath schoolgirl over 30 years ago.

Christopher Hampton appeared before Bath Magistrates earlier today, speaking only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood the charge.

He will appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.

Melanie Road was murdered in June 1984.

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was stabbed to death after a night out with friends in June 1984.

Man due in court charged with 80s murder of Bath teenager

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was murdered in Bath in June 1984 Credit: ITV News

A 63 year old man from Bristol is due to appear at Bath Magistrates’ Court later charged with the murder of of a teenager killed more than 30 years ago.

Melanie Road was 17 years old when she was killed in Bath in June 1984. Melanie was sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times.

Christopher John Hampton, of Fishponds, has been charged with Melanie’s murder. Hampton was arrested last week and is remanded in custody.

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