Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breakthrough on Deepcut

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breakthrough on Deepcut

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It was less than three weeks ago that the families of four young soldiers who died in mysterious circumstances at the notorious Deepcut Army barracks were treated in a disgraceful fashion at a Commons Committee hearing.

The parents of Private Geoff Gray found themselves on the receiving end of a wholly unwarranted attack by committee chairman Bruce George for asking that those in command of the camp at the time be brought before the hearing.

The comments ( as we said at the time ( were a disgrace and the only consolation we could find from the whole sorry event was that Mr Geoff Gray and his wife Diane were likely to simply use the incident to further fuel their determination that the truth be known.

Yesterday that determination was rewarded ( if only partially. The Government has announced it is to review the Deepcut deaths in what ( while falling short of the full public inquiry the parents want ( is a major breakthrough.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram last night pledged that Nicholas Blake QC, who is to conduct the review, will get "everything he asks for". …

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