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Profile: Terry Lloyd
US Army footage of fighting in Basra
US Army footage showed the incident in which Terry Lloyd died
A coroner has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on reporter Terry Lloyd, who was killed while working for ITV News covering the British and American invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

As an award-winning ITN correspondent Terry Lloyd, 50, was known to millions of viewers for his reports from war zones around the world.

The son of a Swansea-born policeman, Mr Lloyd started his journalism career at Raymonds news agency in Derby.

His first job was actually covering the death of his father, a policeman whose car crashed while responding to a hoax 999 call.

Mr Lloyd later joined ITN, who supply news for ITV, in 1983 as a reporter from Central Television.

Over the next two decades, he worked on a range of big stories, from the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and the World Cup in Mexico in 1986 - and became the longest-serving ITV News correspondent.

But it was for a series of reports from the world's trouble spots that brought him the most acclaim.

Fifteen years ago, Mr Lloyd was the first TV reporter to get inside the small market town of Halabja in Iraq after Saddam Hussein had dropped a chemical bomb, killing 5,000 of his own Kurdish people.

Terry Lloyd
Lloyd: A fearless correspondent

In January 1993, he was the only British TV reporter on the US carrier Kittyhawk, as she launched planes against Iraq, and brought exclusive coverage of the aircraft taking off and the Iraqi targets being hit.

The following March he reported on the discovery of mass graves at Ovcara near Vukovar - the remains of hundreds of Croats who had disappeared more than a year earlier.

Greatest plaudits

In July 1997 he was in Cambodia reporting on the fighting there following the collapse of the country's coalition government.

But it was for being the first reporter to get inside Kosovo - the first by a Western newsman while the region was still in Serb hands - that he won his greatest plaudits, and an award for ITV News.

With cameraman Mike Inglish, they retraced a secret escape route refugees were using to cross the border, scaling a snow-capped mountain range through neighbouring Montenegro.

The father-of-two was born and brought up in Derby. He is survived by wife Lynn, and children, daughter Chelsey, 21, and son Oliver, 11, who live in Buckinghamshire.

His brother was actor Kevin Lloyd - famous for his portrayal of Tosh in ITV's The Bill.

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