Kent

Patrol base in Afghanistan renamed after shot soldier

Sergeant Robert Loughran-Dickson
Image caption Sgt Robert Loughran-Dickson spent eight years in the military police

A patrol base in Afghanistan has been renamed after a military policeman from Kent who was shot dead last November.

Sgt Robert Loughran-Dickson, 33, from Deal, died from gunshot wounds received while patrolling with the Afghan National Police in Helmand Province.

His Royal Military Police colleagues have now put up a plaque to commemorate his sacrifice.

The compound where Sgt Loughran-Dickson was working in the Bolan District has been renamed Check Point L-D.

Staff Sergeant Holly Turner, who worked with him when they were both based in Aldershot, Hampshire, with 160 Provost Company, said: "He was embedded with the infantry and he set off from here with members of the Afghan National Police on a patrol on the day that he died.

"He was a great guy. There are many words which could be used to describe him, but none of them would be enough. He was caring, generous, thoughtful, and a great Dad."

'Ultimate sacrifice'

Following his death, the family of Sgt Loughran-Dickson, of 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police, described him as a "true hero".

"He gave the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved and was devoted to," they said.

Sgt Loughran-Dickson entered the Army in 1997, before joining the Royal Military Police in 2001.

During his policing career, he worked in Kosovo, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

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