Paratrooper awarded Victoria Cross after coming to the aid of others whilst under enemy fire

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey Credit: ITV News

Paratrooper Joshua Leakey has become the first living serviceman to receive the Victoria Cross for operations in Afghanistan.

The 27-year-old, who is the second person in his family to be given the British armed forces' highest gallantry medal, met the Queen today to receive the Victoria Cross and be honoured for his actions in helping to save others.

Lance Corporal Leakey is credited with running through enemy fire three times to save the lives of comrades during a combined UK/US assault on a Taliban stronghold in Bar Now Zad, Helmand province, on August 22 2013.

ITV News correspondent Richard Pallot has the full report:

Speaking after receiving his award L/Cpl Leakey described receiving the Victoria Cross as "one of those slightly awkward situations where you sort of get singled out for something but everything you do in the military is a team effort".

He said: "People don't join the military to stand out and be recognised like this - people join the military to be part of a team, and that's why I joined the parachute regiment - to be part of the best team."

L/Cpl Leakey in full military uniform Credit: ITV News