Birmingham pub bombings: Setback for victims’ families as Government turns down funding bid

Birmingham pub bombings - credit
Birmingham pub bombings – credit

source: Express & Star
published: 26 September 2016

Relatives bereaved by the 1974 terror attacks had asked Home Secretary Amber Rudd to establish a fund similar to that created for the families represented at the Hillsborough stadium disaster inquests.

Ms Rudd has turned down the request, made by nine of the families, but said she supports their application for legal aid funding through the conventional route of the independent Legal Aid Agency (LAA). The families’ lawyers have been working pro bono to date.

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Father of Cheryl James calls Deepcut ‘a toxic environment’ after verdict

Pt Cheryl James
Cheryl James

source: The Independent
published: 3 June 2016

Deepcut army barracks was “a toxic and horrible environment,” the father of Private Cheryl James has said following the long-awaited conclusion of an inquiry into his daughter’s death.

Pte James, who was 18 when she was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in 1995, had “inflicted the fatal shot and intended to die,“ coroner Brian Barker QC told Woking Coroner’s Court.

“There can be no reasonable doubt that Ms James carried out an intended action and knew that its consequence would be death.”

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Deepcut soldier Cheryl James ‘could not have shot herself dead’

Cheryl James
Cheryl James

source: Mail Online
published: 21 April 2016

It would have been ‘impossible’ for army recruit Pte Cheryl James to have killed herself at the controversial Deepcut barracks, an inquest has heard.

A fresh inquiry into her death heard for the first time yesterday of new evidence which suggests the teenager – who was shot between her right eye and the bridge of her nose – may have been murdered.

The 18-year-old was found dead with a single shot to the head at the Surrey base whilst on armed sentry duty with an SA80 rifle in November 1995.

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