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Catterick families urge inquiry
Some 23 recruits have died at the base in the last 10 years
The families of young soldiers who died at an army base have met with lawyers as they press for a public inquiry into what happened.

Some 23 recruits have died at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire since 1994 and formal inquests into many of the cases have yet to be held.

One of those who died was Daniel Farr, 18, of Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

His mother, Lynn, has joined eight other families of deceased soldiers in pressing for a judicial review.

They met with lawyers at a hotel near Wensleydale on Tuesday to discuss how to present their cases.

The relatives claim that a culture of intimidation and bullying exists at the base and that the Ministry of Defence has not been forthcoming with information about their loved ones' deaths.

People "frightened"

Lynn Farr said: "The stories that are coming out of the bullying that is taking place there are absolutely horrendous.

"People are getting frightened about this.

"They are very wary if you mention Catterick or their sons are going to Catterick."

The families' lawyer, Justin Hugheston-Roberts, said: "So far the families are getting little or nothing from the army.

"Don't forget, some of these soldiers were under 18, they were put in the care of the army and the army has failed in its duty of care to them."

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment, saying only that discussions between families and their legal advisers were "a private affair".




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