Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Report on Deepcut Set to Fuel Criticism of the Army

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Report on Deepcut Set to Fuel Criticism of the Army

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Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY

A MAJOR report by Amnesty International released today into the deaths of four young soldiers at Deepcut barracks is expected to criticise the Army heavily.

The report comes as the families of the soldiers who died at the Surrey barracks renew their calls for a public inquiry.

The report also examines the deaths of recruits at other Army bases, including Catterick Barracks in North Yorkshire, in what the Army calls "peacetime incidents".

But its findings on the Deepcut deaths will be most keenly examined by campaigners who claim there is a culture of bullying in the Army which may be linked to the deaths.

Private James Collinson, 17, from Perth, died last year from gunshot wounds.

The previous year, Pte Geoff Gray, from Hackney, died in mysterious circumstances.

Pte Sean Benton, 20, died from bullet wounds in June 1995. Pte Cheryl James, 18, was found dead five months later. The Army has claimed all the deaths were suicides, but the soldiers' families fear there has been a cover-up. …

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