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Campaigners are vindicated

Issue No. 1930

A REPORT by Surrey police into the deaths of four army recruits at the Deepcut barracks has revealed allegations of widespread violence, bullying and humiliation at the camp.

There were more than 100 allegations including rape, indecent assault and degrading treatment.

Army recruits Sean Benton, 20, Cheryl James, 18, Geoff Gray, 17, and James Collinson, 17, died at Deepcut in suspicious circumstances between 1995 and 2002.

Over the past two years, Socialist Worker has backed repeated calls by families of the Deepcut soldiers for a full public inquiry into the deaths—and action afterwards.

Diane Gray, the mother of private Geoff Gray, told Socialist Worker, “We’ve been tirelessly campaigning for a public inquiry for years. This report pushes it a little bit forward. It’s terrible when you think of the hellhole you sent your son to. It was horrendous reading the report of what some people had to endure—it was bordering on child abuse. The report is mindblowing. If this was any other organisation it would have been closed down by now.”

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Sat 4 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1930
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