Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Blame Will Bring Ben Back

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

No Blame Will Bring Ben Back

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Byline: Helen Sturdy

The father of a young military policeman killed on active duty in Iraq today said progress was being made after a report into the incident was published.

Lance Corporal Ben Hyde, 23, of Northallerton, was one of six Royal Military Policemen murdered last June by Saddam Hussein loyalists when isolated 120 miles north of Basra.

His father John Hyde yesterday heard an outline of the report carried out by the Royal Military Police in London and met Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

The Army Board of Inquiry into the killings by the mob found "no conclusive evidence" that their deaths could have been prevented. But the board identified several factors which it said "influenced events on the day" and issued a series of recommendations to improve communications, command and control, and the issuing of equipment on operations.

Members highlighted a number of issues, including the fact soldiers were not informed they could carry more ammunition and poor radio communication. …

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