Rallies for murder charge Marines

Leeds rally in support of five Royal Marines charged with murder. Credit: ITV Calendar

Supporters of five Royal Marines charged with murdering an Afghan insurgent have staged rallies in cities across the country, including Leeds. Around 50 people gathered at the city's war memorial in a show of support for the five commandos who were arrested after suspicious video footage was found on a laptop by police in the UK. The incident took place in Helmand province in 2011. A court has banned identification of the Marines who are due back in court in December.

In Plymouth, 300 people marched in support of the servicemen, who are part of 3 Commando Brigade. Other events took place in Swansea, Edinburgh and London. Seven commandos were initially arrested on Thursday, October 11, followed by a further two marines; four of whom were later released without charge. It is alleged the Marines murdered an unknown Afghan national on September 15 last year.