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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 05:34 GMT 06:34 UK
Father's anger over Deepcut claim
Pte James Collinson and his mother
Pte Collinson's family dispute the Army's findings
The father of a soldier who died at the Deepcut Army barracks has rejected suggestions by a Labour MP that his death could have been suicide.

James Collinson, 17, from Perth, is one of four privates who died from gunshot wounds at the Surrey barracks since 1995.

Privates Sean Benton, from Hastings, Sussex, Cheryl James, from Llangollen, north Wales and Geoff Gray, from Seaham, County Durham, also died at Deepcut, near Camberley.

The Army said the deaths were suicide, but following pressure from the soldiers' parents a police investigation is now under way.

Jim Collinson
Jim Collinson: "Offensive and hurtful"

Falkirk West Labour MP Eric Joyce said he did not believe the police investigation would overturn the Army's finding that the four soldiers killed themselves.

The former Army officer said: "At this stage my feeling is that all these incidents could have been suicide.

"While it is right and proper that police are now reinvestigating the deaths in the light of the families' concerns, I don't believe it will overturn the original findings."

Pte Collinson's body was exhumed and later reburied this month by police as part of their inquiry into the circumstances of the soldiers' deaths.

Jim Collinson, James' father, said he found the MP's comments "offensive and hurtful".

'Alarm bells'

He said: "I think Eric Joyce should come forward and tell us who gave him the information so that he could publicly come out and say that.

"I find it very offensive and very hurtful that he has come out and said he thinks all four deaths were suicides.

"If Eric Joyce's view reflects the attitude of Tony Blair and the government, I think it is very sad."

Mr Collinson said "alarm bells" were beginning to ring over the controversy.

He said the Army should be transparent and allow a public inquiry into the running of the Deepcut barracks.

"Otherwise, sadly there's going to be another family getting a knock on the door and being told their son or daughter passed away in a tragic accident."


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