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UUP candidate and war veteran Doug Beattie's 15-month-old grandson passes away

Published 04/05/2016

Doug Beattie will contest Upper Bann for the UUP
Doug Beattie will contest Upper Bann for the UUP

The family of an Ulster Unionist Assembly Election candidate have been plunged into mourning following the death of his 15-month-old grandson.

Doug Beattie's grandson Cameron Tindale passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night.

The Northern Ireland solider and war veteran is a candidate in the Upper Bann constituency and has served in the army for 34 years.

He has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his actions in Iraq, the Military Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for his peacekeeping contributions in Bosnia.

He is now a reservist.

He was told he must quit the military if he was to challenge for a seat in the Assembly.

The family have appealed for privacy as they grieve.

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