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South Yorkshire woman admits selling military secrets

A pharmacy assistant from South Yorkshire who worked at a military training centre has admitted misconduct in a public office for selling stories to a newspaper.

Tracy Bell, 35, from Goldthorpe, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to one count of the offence between October 17, 2005 and July 7, 2006, during which time she received around £1,250 for five articles published in The Sun newspaper.

At the time she was a Ministry of Defence employee working at Sandhurst Medical Centre, where army officers receive initial training.

Bell will be sentenced in October, and she has been released on bail.

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Sad day for Third Battalion

After today the Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will cease to exist and soldiers will in future form the majority of the First Battalion.

At Warminster in Wiltshire, where 3 Yorks is based, Commanding Officer Lt. Col Zac Stenning said it's a sad day but the regiment has to look to the future.

He said a private memorial service was held earlier this week to remember 3 Yorks soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last year - including six who died when their Warrior fighting vehicle was blown up.

3 Yorks was originally the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - with battle honours dating back to 1695 - including the Battle of Waterloo, Crimea War and both World Wars.

In Warminster today there is a ceremonial march and parade at the barracks to mark the end of the battalion.

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Army medic honoured

Michelle Ping Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Royal Naval reservist medic from Sheffield who saved the life of a wounded soldier in Afghanistan while under fire from the Taliban has received the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal.

Air Engineering Mechanic Michelle Ping,38, from the Royal Naval Reserve Air Branch, rushed to the aid of Scottish soldier, Highlander Craig Paterson, 22, after he was shot in the head while trying to target insurgent fighters from a rooftop last summer in Lashkar Gar.

Ms Ping, who works as specialist paramedic in Yorkshire said: "Craig was the soldier who was shot and he needed my help and as a medic that was my responsibility. I didn't think about anything else, I just wanted to make sure he was alright."

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