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Soldier crushed during training exercise was expecting first child

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death during a military exercise on Dartmoor. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An inquest has been hearing how a young soldier, who was about to become a parent, died during a military exercise on Dartmoor when he was hit by a unhitched trailer.

Private Cameron Laing ended up being pinned against the truck that had been towing the trailer, suffering severe injuries to his head and chest.

Those at the scene tried to resuscitate him for more than 45 minutes, but the inquest heard that his injuries were so severe that there was never any hope of success. Private Laing was declared dead at the scene.

The inquest is expected to last for three days.

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Rail strike to go ahead as talks break down

Rail workers will strike against First Great Western from Wednesday evening. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

A 48-hour rail strike is likely to happen this week, after talks between First Great Western and union leaders broke down.

80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike last week, in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

The union say there will also be a rally in support of the strike at London's Paddington Station, at 5pm on July 8th.

First Great Western have said they expect to run the majority of London Thames Valley services, but long distance and local rail services will be significantly reduced. Those travelling should expect limited space and busy trains until Saturday morning, as well as last-minute changes and potential cancellations.

Speak Cornish Week gets underway

We're being asked to speak Cornish as part of a week of events Credit: ITV News

We're being asked to talk in Cornish this week as part of a campaign to raise the profile of the language.

Events for Speak Cornish Week include film screenings and children's storytimes. Last year its website received an extra 10 thousand visitors during the week.

Seaton's beach huts could be put up for auction

The future of Seaton's beach huts is due to be discussed this week Credit: ITV News

Councillors meet this week to discuss the future of Seaton's beach huts.

East Devon District Council wants to auction the huts on five year leases.

Tenants are angry they could be sold to the highest bidder after repairing their huts from storm damage three years ago.

Councillors are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the plans.

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