Families Lose Appeal Over Soldier Deaths

The Crown Prosecution Service says it's standing by a decision not to bring charges over the deaths of three reservist soldiers on the Brecon Beacons.

Trooper Edward Maher and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, who was from Penrhyn Bay, died after collapsing on one of the hottest days of the year in 2013.

It's thought temperatures reached 30 degrees when the men were taking part in SAS trials on Pen y Fan.

17 days later, Corporal James Dunsby, who was also on the exercise, died in hospital.

After their deaths, 2 people were questioned on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, but they weren't charged.

Their families then campaigned for a review.

However, the CPS says there’s insufficient evidence for a conviction:

“Case reviews completed under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme involve a completely independent assessment of the available evidence against the evidential and public interest standards set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. 

“In this case, our review concluded that the original decision not to charge any individual in respect of this matter was correct.”

Dyfed-Powys Police say the Health and Safety Executive will continue with the investigation into the deaths and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

The men’s families will continue to be supported by officers and the CPS says thoughts remain with them.

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