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August 23, 2016

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Soldier dies in live firing training exercise

A soldier has died after being shot during a live training exercise in Northumberland, police have said.

The solider, who was serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was shot in Otterburn military ranges at about 11.15pm last night.

Northumbria Police said the soldier, who has not yet been identified by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving a “serious head wound”.

A spokesperson for the MoD said the Defence Safety Authority was investigating and there were no other details as to whether any other personnel were involved.

A police cordon is in place at the training area and the soldier’s next-of-kin have been informed. No arrests have been made.

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning said: “My thoughts are with the soldier’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and while deaths in training don’t happen often, any death is a tragedy.

“As well as a police investigation, MOD accident investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”

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