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Calls for thorough investigation after training deaths of two servicemen

Human Rights lawyer Alison Millar calls for investigation over deaths of two servicemen who died during a training exercise in South Wales

Cribyn (left) and Pen y Fan (right) in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

15 July 2013

The lawyer representing the family of a soldier shot in the head during a training exercise has called for a thorough investigation after the death of two servicemen during a military training exercise on the hottest day of the year.

Alison Millar from Leigh Day represents the family of Michael ‘Mike’ Maguire of 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment who was unlawfully killed during a live round training exercise in Pembrokeshire in May 2012.

Ms Millar has called on the Police and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to ‘leave no stone unturned’ to ensure a tragedy like this cannot happen again.

It is believed the servicemen died whilst taking part in the selection process for the Territorial Army's section of the SAS, according to unconfirmed reports. A third serviceman remains in a serious condition in hospital.

The trio were part of a group training in the Brecon Beacons, on Saturday 13th July 2013 when the temperature hit 29.5C (85.1F).

Thirty members of Central Beacons, Brecon, Western Beacons and Abergavenny-based Longtown Mountain Rescue Teams were called out to assist the operation near Pen y Fan, which is the highest mountain in South Wales.

The Brecon Beacons is one of several locations British military use as part of their training. It is less that 100 miles from where Ranger Michael Maguire, 21, was killed on the Castlemartin Ranges near Tenby in South Wales.

Alison Millar from the Human Rights team at Leigh Day said: “Whilst we await full details of what occurred on the Brecon beacons we would urge the MoD to ensure that the ‘machismo’ of army training is offset with real world regard for the most basic of survival techniques, to avoid exhaustion even during the most arduous tasks. There is no point to training which would waste the lives of the young and the brave during training exercises.

“The MoD and the Police must leave no stone unturned to discover why this tragedy happened and ensure the findings lead to changes to military training which ensure it could never happen again.”

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