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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


Urgent repairs begin on Devon's largest bridge

The bridge is four decades old, and urgently needs repairs. Credit: ITV News

Vital maintenance work on Devon's largest bridge, the Teign Estuary Viaduct, is due to start today and will take six months to complete.

The 40-year-old bridge, which carries the A380 dual carriageway over the river, needs urgent repairs to a failed expansion joint, at the north end of the viaduct.


Health chiefs at Derriford say they may not be able to meet growing demands

Health chiefs at the region's biggest hospital have issued a grim warning that they may not be able to meet growing demands from patients as they struggle to make cutbacks.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital needs to chop £12 million from its budget. But that will still leave it short of £33 million next year.

As John Andrews reports, its not the only one of the region's hospitals feeling the pinch.

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