Police: We Have No Evidence of Deepcut Murder; but Inquiry Hears Claim of Male Rape

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Police: We Have No Evidence of Deepcut Murder; but Inquiry Hears Claim of Male Rape


Keeley, Graham, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY

POLICE investigating the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut barracks today said they had found no evidence of murder but uncovered another case of male rape.

Detectives said there was no evidence so far that any third party had been involved in the deaths of four privates at the Surrey camp.

But they had received an allegation that a male soldier had been raped at the camp - not connected with the other incidents.

The police findings are sure to provoke an angry reaction from families of the four soldiers who believe the young privates were murdered and their deaths covered up.

The allegation of male rape may strengthen claims by relatives of the four soldiers that a culture of bullying has existed at Deepcut barracks.

Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Denholm, head of Surrey Police CID, told a briefing on the progress of the yearlong probe: "As yet, we have no evidence of third-party involvement."

Surrey Police are re-examining evidence relating to the deaths of Privates Geoff Gray, 17, from Seaham, Co Durham; Sean Benton, 20, from Hastings; James Collinson, 17, from Perth; and Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen, North Wales.

Relatives demanded a public inquiry into the deaths and hired an independent forensic expert, who recently spent more than six weeks at the barracks.

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