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Children put through their paces by the Royal Marines

A youngster gets some commando training at Bickleigh Barracks Credit: ITV News

Around 40 children have been put through their paces this week by Royal Marines from 42 Commando.

All of the youngsters are members of Her Majesty's School Heroes, a support group for children of service men and women.

The workshop, at Bickleigh Barracks in Plymouth, gave them the chance to do commando-style challenges.

I think it's really important for the children of the servicemen and women to sort of see what their mums and dads get up to on a day to day basis.

There's not that much opportunity really for them to see that and I think it is really interesting and rewarding for them to do that and I think HMS Heroes gives them that platform.

– Maj Andy Titerickx, 42 Commando

Stars come out for the Royal Marines' birthday

Harrison Ford is one of the stars to appear on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy birthday Credit: Royal Marines

Some famous faces have appeared on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy 350th anniversary.

They include The Prime Minister, Bear Grylls, Harrison Ford, Ross Kemp, Caroline Quentin, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.

You can watch the video here.

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Plymouth marines help guard Buckingham Palace

Plymouth marines help guard Buckingham Palace Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal Marines from Plymouth are helping guard Buckingham Palace.

Men from kilo company, Four-Two Commando, have swapped their usual camouflage for full dress uniform as they patrol the railings outside the royal residence.

It's to mark the corps' 350th anniversary and is only the fourth time in a hundred years they've taken on the ceremonial duties.

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Naming of Marines follows colleague's life sentence

The naming of two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan comes after one of their colleagues was given a life sentence for the killing.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was named as Marine A.

Marine A, who was later named as Alexander Blackman, will spend at least 10 years in prison for the murder, which was filmed on the headcam of a comrade during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Blackman said he was "devastated" at being given a life sentence and was "very sorry" for his actions.

The two Marines acquitted of the murder were named as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond today after the High Court lifted an anonymity order.

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Two Marines acquitted over insurgent murder named

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan can be named for the first time as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond.

The High Court confirmed that an anonymity order preventing publication of their identities has been lifted.

Explaining the ruling decision

The country's top judge has explained the reasoning behind a ruling allowing the public naming of a Royal Marine from Taunton who murdered an Afghan insurgent.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges at the High Court in London made the ruling.

It led to the identity of Sergeant Alexander Blackman (previously known only as Marine A) being revealed.

Giving the court's reasons for reaching its decision, Lord Thomas said the balance came "very firmly down on the side of open justice".

The case is of the greatest public interest, involving as it does a unique charge of murder against soldiers on military operations against a wounded detainee.

There is, therefore, the greatest public interest in the whole of the proceedings being publicly reported.

(In the case of Marine A) there is the greatest public interest in knowing who he was and his background, given his conviction.

It would require an overwhelming case if a person convicted of murder in the course of an armed conflict were to remain anonymous.

– Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas

Lord Thomas said that "as against that", there is the risk that Blackman would be attacked in prison and after his release from the life sentence.

The prison authorities will be well aware of that risk and take steps to minimise it, as they do for other offenders at risk of attack in prison, such as paedophiles.

There is the threat to his family and to Marine A on his release under licence from his life sentence.

It is a known risk. The MoD has taken steps in the past to protect the families of the Marines. There is nothing to suggest that they would not in the future.

Balancing those considerations, we have no doubt that the balance comes very firmly down on the side of open justice; the identity of Marine A must be made public

– Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas
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