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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.

No maternity services at Okehampton

Maternity services at a Devon hospital have been suspended because of staff sickness. The Royal Devon and Exeter Trust, which manages several hospitals in the region, says the Okehampton Birthing Unit could remain closed all summer. It's now been three months since services were open.


Okehampton honours fallen son

The Service of Dedication took place in the churchyard of Okehampton’s Parish Church, All Saints. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Service of Dedication has been held at the Okehampton War Memorial to commemorate the addition of the name of a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan last year.

Corporal Michael Pike was born in Okehampton and lived in the town until the age of 5 when he moved with his family to Scotland. His extended family, including his mother and father, all live in the Okehampton area and were present at the ceremony.

The High Sheriff of Devon, the Devon president of the Royal British Legion, the mayors of West Devon and Okehampton, together with members of the Royal British Legion and friends also attended.

Michael was leading a patrol in contact with the enemy when he was killed. Having joined the Army at the age of 16, he was serving as a section commander in A Company, 4th Battalion (The Highlanders), The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Rural communities short-changed

People in rural communities are paying too much for fuel and goods in local shops, according to the Office of Fair Trading. The government consumer watchdog talked to residents of Okehampton and Hatherleigh in Devon as part of a nationwide survey.

It found that high prices in shops and filling stations couldn't always be explained by their rural location. The OFT's report also calls for better internet links and favourable tax policies.

Rural communities short-changed according to nationwide survey Credit: ITV Westcountry