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Veterans protest at Salford's MediaCityUK over the prosecution of Soldier F

Veterans gathering at MediaCityUK in Salford for protest over prosecution of Soldier F Photo:

Hundreds of veterans have staged a protest at Salford's MediaCityUK over the prosecution of a former British soldier.

The former paratrooper, known as Soldier F, is to be prosecuted following the deaths of civil rights protesters shot in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

The protestors, include many ex service personnel and bikers say they want to show support for Soldier F and highlight what they see as a lack of perceived media support.

Among the speakers outside the offices of ITV and BBC is Robin Horsfall, who was one of the SAS specialists who stormed the Iranian embassy in 1980.

The crowd repeatedly shouted "Hear our Voice' and "Shame on you' outside media offices.

James Wray and William McKinney were among 13 people shot dead at a civil rights march Credit: Family pictures

The Public Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to prosecute Soldier F for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney.

The former paratrooper is being referred to only as Soldier F because all military witnesses were granted anonymity through the Saville Inquiry into the circumstances around the killings.

The PPS said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute 16 other soldiers and two Official IRA men.

There have been a series of protests around the country.

Rob Smith reports on the demonstration at MediaCity