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Deadly army march took place to 'save on paperwork'

By Richard Vernalls

An Army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a special forces test march which led to three deaths, a coroner has heard.

The unnamed commanding officer is alleged to have made the remark to relatives of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, shortly after they had viewed his body in a mortuary.

An inquest into the deaths of L/Cpl Roberts, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby has heard that the men collapsed on the Brecon Beacons in South Wales on one of the hottest days of 2013.

In a family statement read to the hearing by her lawyer, L/Cpl Roberts' mother, Margaret, questioned why the 24-year-old was "sent up there in that heat" on July 13.

In their statement, family members said: "We were so angry with this answer. We were being told that the march wasn't cancelled to save on paperwork."

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