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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

Live firing on Salisbury Plain remains suspended

The army has issued a statement following last week's incident in which an artillery shell fired from the training range on Salisbury Plain went five miles of course and exploded in a farmer's field.

Following an incident last week in which an artillery shell landed outside the range boundary, a thorough investigation was initiated.

Live firing will remain suspended until the investigation has reported, local residents have been informed of the outcome and, if deemed appropriate, additional safety measures are in place.

The officer responsible for the safe use of the range has spoken to the land owner where the shell landed and apologised.

– Army spokesperson

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Church opened just for Christmas

The church in the deserted village of Imber on Salisbury Plain will be open over the Christmas period.

Visitors can look around St Giles Church between December the 27th and January the 5th between 11am and 4pm each day.

The village was abandoned when the army took it over in 1943 to use it for D-Day training, forcing residents to move out, never to return.

It's been used for military purposes ever since, with access granted to the public a few times each year.

Imber Church on Salisbury Plain will be open over the Christmas period.

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