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Bases to take over from Deepcut
Deepcut barracks
Deepcut barracks will be sold and replaced with housing
Training programmes carried out at the controversial Deepcut army barracks in Surrey are to be transferred to two bases in Hampshire.

Part of the training base near Camberley, where four soldiers died in shooting incidents between 1995 and 2002, is to be sold off by 2013.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said training would be relocated to Worthy Down and Southwick Park.

It will allow the closure of the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut.

Consolidate training

The MoD announced the closure of Deepcut on 8 January as part of its Defence Training Review, which aims to overhaul training facilities across the UK.

Training areas and service family accommodation adjacent to the barracks will be retained.

Armed Forces minister Bob Ainsworth announced the new homes of the Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration (DCLPA) and the Director of Royal Logistics Corps (DRLC) on Thursday.

He said the move would consolidate the training already carried at Worthy Down, near Winchester, and Southwick Park, Fareham.

'Handled sensitively'

A spokeswoman said the majority of the DCLPA work would move to Worthy Down. The DRLC would be located on both sites.

"The implications of these moves on our people will continue to be handled sensitively and in full consultation with trade unions and staff," Mr Ainsworth told the House of Commons.

The Deepcut site is to be sold for housing.

Ptes Geoff Gray, of Seaham, Co Durham, Sean Benton, 20, of Hastings, East Sussex, James Collinson, 17, of Perth, and Cheryl James, 18, of Llangollen, Denbighshire, all died of bullet wounds at the training base in separate shooting incidents between 1995 and 2002.

Inquests into the deaths recorded a verdict of suicide in Pte Benton's case and open verdicts for the other three.



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