Deathly bullying in British army

This video from Britain says about itself:

E-trailer for Sherman Cymru’s production of Deep Cut, on at the Tricycle Theatre, London from 10 March – 4 April 2009. Written by Philip Ralph, Deep Cut uses original source material and powerful first hand testimonies of those closest to Private Cheryl James, one of the four young soldiers who died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances between 1995 and 2002.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Deep Cut play renews call for inquiry

Thursday 12 March 2009

THE parents of army recruit Private Cheryl James who died at the controversial Deepcut barracks accused authorities of corruption on Thursday as they stepped up their campaign for a public inquiry.

Private James was found with gunshot wounds at the barracks in November 1995.

Her parents Des and Doreen James said that unanswered questions remained about the circumstances which led to the death of their daughter and criticised the government for “hiding from the debate.”

Allegations of bullying and abuse at the barracks in Surrey were levelled after the deaths of Private James and three other young soldiers.

Sean Benton, Geoff Gray and James Collinson were all found shot dead between 1995 and 2002.

Mr and Mrs James, who first called for a public inquiry in 2002, spoke of their frustration as award-winning play Deep Cut, which explores the aftermath of the deaths, took to the London stage.

“Our intention here is to give you a snapshot of what we are facing, almost 14 years after Cheryl’s death and seven years since this case was raised in the press,” they said.

“Given the events since 2002, given that we unanimously realised even then that this government never intended to hold any inquiry into Deepcut, given the decision of two separate police forces to lock away evidence they have collected, we can only conclude our fight is not with state bureaucracy, our fight is, sadly, with state corruption.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “Given the extensive investigations that have taken place, we see no public or service interest in pursuing a public inquiry.”

Deep Cut at the Tricycle, Kilburn will run until 4 April.

See also here.

Minister rules out Deepcut deaths inquiry: here.


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