New Deepcut inquest into death of Cheryl James delayed

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Image caption Pte Cheryl James died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995

A decision over when a fresh inquest can start over the death of Pte Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks in Surrey has been delayed.

The 18-year-old from Denbighshire was found dead in November 1995 with a single bullet wound to the head.

A previous inquest recorded an open verdict, however, a new inquest was ordered in July.

During a pre-inquest review at the High Court a barrister for Surrey Police requested the new inquest was delayed.

The force wants the delay in case applications for fresh inquests into the deaths of three other soldiers at Deepcut - Pte Sean Benton, Pte Geoff Gray and Pte James Collinson - are made.

The hearing has now been delayed for at least four weeks.

Pte James's parents - who believe their daughter suffered sexual harassment and violence - want the new inquest into her death to be held separately and as soon as possible.

The Deepcut deaths

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Image caption Privates Benton, James, Gray and Collinson, who all died at Deepcut
  • June 1995: Pte Sean Benton (far left), from Hastings, East Sussex, found dead with five bullet wounds to chest. Verdict: Suicide
  • November 1995: Pte Cheryl James (second left), from Llangollen, Denbighshire, found dead with single bullet wound to head. Open verdict
  • September 2001: Pte Geoff Gray (second right), from Seaham, County Durham, found dead with two gunshot wounds. Five shots were fired, three never found. Open verdict
  • March 2002: Pte James Collinson (far right), from Perth, found dead with single gunshot wound. Open verdict

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