Soldiers named

Two British soldiers killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb in Iraq were named yesterday as Corporal Ben Leaning, 24, and Trooper Kristen Turton, 28, of The Queen's Royal Lancers Battle Group.

Two British soldiers killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb in Iraq were named yesterday as Corporal Ben Leaning, 24, and Trooper Kristen Turton, 28, of The Queen's Royal Lancers Battle Group.

They were patrolling in the southern province of Maysan on Thursday when the device exploded, injuring three other soldiers, one of them seriously.

Votes glitch

PROBLEMS with new software for checking postal votes could undermine confidence in next month's council elections, returning officers warned yesterday.

Malcolm Dumper, the policy director at the Association of Electoral Administrators, said the new technology had not been properly tested.

Trucker free

A TRUCKER who knocked down and killed a top Paralympic athlete walked free from court yesterday after he was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Lorry driver Mark Gollan, 39, was convicted of careless driving, fined £1,250 and banned from driving for a year.

Partially-sighted runner Paul Pearce, 43, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire, was killed when he was hit by the wing mirror of Gollan's 7.5-tonne lorry on the A507 Stotfold bypass in Bedfordshire.

Body in bag

POLICE appealed for information yesterday after the headless body of a woman was discovered in a laundry bag.

Officers were called to South Dock Marina in Rotherhithe, south London, at 9am on Thursday after reports of a bag floating in the water.

Crack study

A SENIOR detective yesterday defended a university's decision to give money to crack-cocaine users taking part a medical trial.

Cambridge University scientists want "regular users of cocaine, crack-cocaine and amphetamines" to be guinea pigs in new research on the effect of certain chemicals on the brain and will "compensate" them for their time and inconvenience.

"Research leading to a greater understanding of the effects of drug misuse is useful," said Det Chief Inspector Gary Ridgway of Cambridgeshire Police.

Stars on run

EASTENDERS star Kara Tointon and model Nell McAndrew are running in the London Marathon this weekend.

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