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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.


Royal Marine trainee who died on Dartmoor was "incredibly fit"

Gareth Jenkins died last week while training on Dartmoor. Credit: Tony Mottram

The Royal Marine who collapsed and died during a 30-mile training march on Dartmoor has been pictured for the first time.

25-year-old Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins was completing the final commando challenge across Dartmoor last Thursday when he collapsed.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson described him as an "incredibly fit man" who was two-thirds of his way through officer training.

The cause of his death is still unknown, and the Ministry of Defence say it is being investigated.

Royal Marine who died during training exercise named

A Royal Marine who died while completing a 30 mile yomp has been named as Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins.

The 25 year-old from North Wales was completing the final Commando Test across Dartmoor when he collapsed. As a prospective officer he was expected to complete the walk in under seven hours.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson says he was an 'incredibly fit man' who was two thirds of his way through officer training. The cause of death is still unknown.

It is with sadness and regret that we can confirm the death of Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins, a Royal Marine officer under training at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. The thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service are with his family and friends at this time. The incident is currently under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further while that process continues."

– Royal Navy Spokesperson

Royal Marine trainee dies on exercise in Dartmoor

The man died during a 30-mile march across Dartmoor Credit: PA Wire

A Royal Marine trainee has collapsed and died on an exercise in Dartmoor, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The man - who has not yet been named - was taking part in a 30-mile march across Dartmoor on Thursday when he died.

The cause of death is currently unknown, an MoD spokesperson said.

He was based at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon.

The so-called "30-miler" march is one of the last major tests undertaken by trainees as part of the 32-week Commando course.

Recruits must navigate the route themselves and complete it within eight hours while carrying safety equipment.

An MoD spokesperson said the man's name and details were not being released at the request of his family.

This incident is being investigated and the thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service are with the family and friends of this man.

– MoD Spokesperson

Seeing stars over Dartmoor

A West Country photographer has captured these extraordinary images of the Milky Way over Dartmoor.

Jon Scott, from Plymouth, says the conditions were near-perfect, with no moon and clear skies. But Jon suffered for his art - he had to hike for five hours to reach the best viewing point, and was up to his knees in marsh for much of the night!

By morning heavy fog was covering the entire moor and visibility was down to about 50 metres. I had to navigate out using an old-fashioned compass and OS map, certainly not for the faint hearted!

– Jon Scott, photographer
Milky Way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm
Dartmoor sky at night Credit: @jonscottfilm
Perseoid meteor shower Credit: @jonscottfilm
Milky way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm


A donkey who just wants to be cuddled

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

Take a look at these adorable pictures - a baby donkey at the Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor has been getting some tender loving care - to the envy of one of the other residents.

Eros was born earlier this month and likes hanging out on the sofa with the owner, Lisa Ginsberg.

But, as you can see, Zen, her pet horse, didn't want to miss out on all the attention.

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

Watch: Incredible time lapse footage of Dartmoor's changing beauty

Jon Scott spent months sleeping out on Dartmoor to capture these shots. Credit: @jonscottfilm

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Dartmoor's changing beauty has been captured in more than 30,000 photographs by Jon Scott, who has spent months sleeping out there alone.

He then painstakingly puts the pictures together and sets them to music, creating two mesmerising time lapses of how the landscape changes throughout the seasons.

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Dartmoor became a National Park in 1951. Credit: @jonscottfilm
Mr Scott took tens of thousands of photographs on Dartmoor at all times of day. Credit: @jonscottfilm

Baby donkey meets huge shire horse on Dartmoor

Uncle Buster the shire horse meets the newest addition at the Miniature Pony Centre Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

The newest addition to the family at the Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor has come face to face with it's much larger cousin.

The tiny donkey is just a week old but staff at the centre say he's full of energy and is running rings around his mother.

When he was introduced to resident shire horse Buster, he wasted no time in running up to say hello.

Drop out rate for Ten Tors less than 10 per cent

First team to cross the finishing line

More than two thousand teenagers from across the West took part in the annual Ten Tors event this weekend. In teams of six, the 14-19 year olds walked routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles, depending on their age.

This year 365 teams entered, with 325 completing the course. The drop out rate was just under 10 per cent. After a shower on the start line, the weather was relatively good for the teenagers.

First across the line was the Combined Cadet Force from Churcher's College in Hampshire at 09:10. It's the second year in a row they've been the first team to finish the 35 mile course. They were closely followed by the teams from Pilton Community College in Barnstaple and Kingswood School in Bath.

Morale was high at the finish line, as tired teenagers were reunited with worried parents:

Now in its 55th year, the event has become one of the biggest tri-service military exercises in Britain. Brigadier Jez Bennett, who organises the event, says the challenge is now more important than ever - teaching teenagers to respect the outdoors and each other:

The teams of students, scouts, ramblers and cadets come from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. They start training months in advance, for what is often one of the toughest challenges of their lives. This weekend they have been tested to their limits - and many will be back again next year to do it all again.

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