Chilcot Inquiry - Families react with anger

The families of servicemen and women from the West who died in the Iraq war have reacted angrily following the publication of a damning report into the conflict.

Key findings announced by Sir John Chilcot include a failure to pursue all peaceful options before invasion, flawed intelligence and 'wholly inadequate' preparation - which led to a lack of essential equipment for troops

In total 28 people from the West died in the war and dozens who were injured continue to live with its consequences .

Jamie Cooper was the youngest British casualty in the Iraq War Credit: MoD

Jamie Cooper was the youngest British casualty in Iraq. He was 18 and a private when he was hit by a mortar. His hand was damaged and shrapnel carved a path through his body. He has no feeling in his lower leg.

Jamie, who lives near Bristol, agrees with Sir John's findings - although he remains philosophical about how it left him.

The Iraq dead were repatriated through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire Credit: ITV News

28 servicemen and women from our region died in Iraq, Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire unwantedly became world famous for the way it respected the dead on repatriation days.

The war lasted six years - it was shorter than the inquiry into it. The report It is nearly three million words long. But many of the words are damning.

Sir John said...

Among the many findings the report said there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein, that Tony Blair pledged "I'll be with you" to President Bush months before the invasion, that flawed intelligence was the basis for the UK's Iraq policy and war was not the last resort.

Sgt Bob O'Connor died when the Hercules he was in was shot down Credit: Family

These are words which the families of servicemen and women have been waiting eight years for. Bob O'Connor was based at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire. His sister couldn't contain her fury.

Today the former Prime Minister said the buck stopped with him.

A decision which led young men like 21-year-old Daniel Coffey to war and his death.

Rifleman Daniel Coffey Credit: Family

Rifleman Daniel Coffey was 21 when he was killed in Iraq. His grandfather was in London today and said it brought back that darkest day.

His family isn't alone. A war far away - the consequences, the deaths and injuries, are felt back home still today.

28 service personnel from our region were killed in the Iraq War 2003-2009 Credit: ITV News