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High Court appeal for marine convicted of murder

Sgt Alexander Blackman was convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter Credit: PA

A Royal Marine convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will have his appeal heard by the High Court later today.

Sergeant Al Blackman from Taunton was found guilty by a court martial and given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years.

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Diaries of Taunton-based Royal Marines published

The last Royal Marines from Somerset-based 40 Commando are returning home from Afghanistan to Norton Manor camp in Taunton, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.

22-year-old John Thornton was just a few weeks away from the end of his tour with 40 Commando five years ago when he was killed.

His diaries have just been published - alongside those of his older brother - who is still in the armed forces.

Last Royal Marines due home from Aghanistan

The return marks an end to a decade of operations in Afghanistan Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The last Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando are returning home from Afghanistan this evening. About 80 marines from Alpha Company are due back at Norton Manor camp, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.

Around 80 marines will return to their base at Norton Manor Camp Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A homecoming march will take place in Taunton on Thursday, May 2nd.

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Royal Marines plead not guilty to Afghan murder

Three Royal Marines pleaded not guilty today to the murder of a unknown Afghan while on active service.

The men, known only as Marines A, B and C, entered their pleas in rank order from behind a screen amid tight security at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire.

The men denied the allegation under Section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 that on or about September 15 2011 they murdered the captured person while on patrol in Afghanistan.

David Perry QC, prosecuting, said the core of the prosecution case would be video footage.

Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett set a two-day pre-trial review hearing to start on August 5 with a trial due to last three to four weeks to commence on October 21.

All three marines were granted bail. Two further marines have been told that the murder charges against them have been dropped.

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