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MoD misses deadline in Cheryl James's Deepcut Barracks death probe

By Sam Dean

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) failed to submit key documents before a promised deadline in the case of a soldier who died at Deepcut Barracks, a court has heard.

Private Cheryl James was found with a bullet wound to her head in November 1995, when she was undergoing initial training as an 18-year-old at the Surrey barracks.

She was one of four soldiers who died at the barracks between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Privates Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray also died from gunshot wounds.

A fresh inquest was ordered into Pte James' death after High Court judges quashed an open verdict recorded in December 1995.

The father of Pte James, Des James, said that he was "disappointed" by the failure of the MoD to supply the documents by the agreed deadline.

Nicholas Moss, representing the MoD, said the sheer volume of the files meant much time was taken up deciding which documents were and were not relevant for the inquest, which begins on February 1.

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