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Soldier who lost both legs pays £90,000 for a life-changing operation

A soldier from Romsley in Halesowen who lost both legs and an arm while on duty in Afghanistan, has paid £90,000 and travelled to Australia for a life-changing operation.

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Last man out of Bastion touches down on home soil

The last man out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment arrived home on British soil, returning to RAF Brize Norton on Thursday evening.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

His troops manned watchtowers on the camp perimeter until the last possible moment, handing over each tower to Afghan security forces in a well-rehearsed and seamless transition, before boarding a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter to Kandahar, from where they were flown home.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

7 Force Protection Wing based at RAF Coningsby are made up of RAF Regiment and RAF Police personnel from 15 Sqn, RAF Honington and 34 Sqn, RAF Leeming.

The Royal Air Force Regiment are the dedicated infantry for the RAF.


Soldier, 23, has home burgled while at rehab centre

A 23-year-old soldier from Leicestershire who lost both legs in a bombing in Afghanistan has had his home burgled while he was away at a military rehabilitation centre.

Chris Middleton's flat in Syston was ransacked as he was learning to walk on new prosthetic legs.

He says it is another setback he did not need.

East Midlands soldiers to be honoured for Afghanistan service

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment will hold a ceremonial parade today to present soldiers with medals for their recent service in Afghanistan.

The Royal Anglian Regiment on patrol in Afghanistan Credit: MOD

The Battalion, which recruits from the East Midlands, deployed for one of the final tours of Helmand Province in September last year.

The parade is being held at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland.

The Battalion recruits from the East Midlands Credit: MOD

Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Leicester today as a mark of respect for Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, an RAF officer who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

A funeral cortege passed the Golden Mile where many businesses closed for the morning. A service with full military honours was held in Loughborough.

Rajiv Popat reports.

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