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Northallerton street named after shot soldier Ben Hyde

Ben Hyde Way Northallerton
Image caption The road is just a short distance from where Ben Hyde was born

A soldier shot dead in Iraq has had a street named in his honour in his home town.

L/Cpl Ben Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire was one of six Royal Military Police (RMP) officers killed by an angry mob in Majar al-Kabir in June 2003.

Ben Hyde Way is part of the town's new Castlegate housing development.

Members of L/Cpl Hyde's family and representatives from the RMP attended a ceremony at the street earlier.

His father, John, said it had been a very emotional day: "To actually see Ben's name there you just can't describe it, you really can't.

"Ben was born around 100 yards away from here in so it seems very fitting that it should be here."

Two Iraqis accused of murdering Ben Hyde and the five other soldiers were cleared by Baghdad's criminal court due to lack of evidence.

The five other military policemen who died were Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, of Chessington, Surrey; Corporal Russell Aston, 30, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire; Corporal Paul Long, 24, from South Shields, South Tyneside; Corporal Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, Tyne and Wear and Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, 20, from Llanuwchyllyn, near Bala, Wales.

They were members of the 156 Provost Company, part of the 16th Air Assault Brigade, based in Colchester.

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