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ROAD CLOSURES: Homecoming parade in Taunton

A parade to welcome home 40 Commando Royal Marines will take place in Taunton tomorrow and will be attended by thousands of people.

Road closures and diversions will be in place from 7.30 am so do leave time for your journey.

Buses and taxis will be using temporary stops while cyclists should find alternative places to lock their bikes. There's more information here.


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.

March in support of Marines

Hundreds of people marched through Plymouth today in support of five Royal Marines accused of murder over an incident in Afghanistan.

The servicemen who are part of 3 Commando Brigade are charged with killing an Afghan national last year. They're due to appear before a military court next month.

Today a crowd of 300 waving "Justice For The Five" banners marched through Plymouth.

The protest started at Devil's Point near the brigade's Stonehouse Barracks and travelled into the city centre.

Other events took place in Swansea, Edinburgh and London.


Taunton-based Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan

40 Commando Royal Marines are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A Royal Marine and a woman soldier have died from injuries received while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The Royal Marine, from 40 Commando who are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, and the soldier, from 3 Medical Regiment, were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province when they were killed on Tuesday.

Their families have been informed.

The soldier is said to be a 25-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.

The pair are thought to have been killed by insurgents, although a source has said it understood the Taliban had issued a statement in Afghanistan suggesting the incident was a 'green on blue attack' - where coalition troops are killed by their Afghan allies.

Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435.

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