Falklands War

South Atlantic conflict remembered, 37 years on

It is 37 years since the Falklands conflict claimed the lives of 255 UK servicemen, an estimated 650 Argentines, and three Falklands civilians.

Kevin Porter and Rachel Simons
@Falklands37NW

Rachel Simons, who now lives in Carlisle, grew up on the Falkland Islands, and was 11 years old at the time, while Kevin Porter, from Millom, was just 18 years old and serving on board HMS Fearless, and both spoke ahead of memorial events this weekend.

There was no doubt about it when Belgrano went down on 3 May and then Sheffield on 4 May that this was really serious.”

Kevin Porter

We watched Royal Marines fighting like tigers, I said at the time, against the invading Argentines on the playing fields in front of our house.”

Rachel Simons

Falklands War memorial bench installed at Plymouth station

BBC Radio Devon

A special memorial bench, remembering those involved in the Falklands War, has been installed in Plymouth.

A ceremony to unveil the metal seat took place at the city's railway station on Friday morning.

Before its reveal, the bench was draped in the ensign which flew on the masthead of HMS Active in 1982.

bench
BBC

Plymouth has a lot of Naval tradition. When the people come in and out and see the bench, they'll have a look around and hopefully pick up some more information. Someone might even be inspired to come and join!

Mark DavisVeteran

Armed thieves steal Falklands war medal in raid

Armed thieves have broken into a home in Codsall and stolen a man's Falklands war medal.

The three masked men threatened the couple living there with a 10-inch knife during the raid on Monday and pushed a cushion into one of their faces, before forcing them into a bathroom while they carried out the raid.

Staffordshire Police car
Staffordshire Police

The thieves also took jewellery, £1,300 in cash, some commemorative coins and the couple's Audi Quattro.

The medal has the number D1910251J on it and was awarded for service in the Royal Navy

Government apology to protesting Falklands veteran

Andrew Hewkin

Newsreader, BBC Shropshire

The government has apologised this afternoon to ex-paratrooper Gus Hales who's been staging a hunger-strike in Newport outside the Shropshire offices of a military mental health charity.

Combat Stress had admitted failings in the way it dealt with the Falklands veteran and has promised a review of its discharge processes.

Gus Hales
BBC

In parliament the defence minister Tobias Ellwood said lessons must be learned and called for other veterans to come forward if they thought the support they'd received wasn't what they expected.

Falklands veteran gets support in charity-protest

Supporters of the Falklands War veteran Gus Hales have set up camp in Newport, to help him in his protest against his treatment by a mental health charity.

Mr Hales started a hunger strike outside the offices of Combat Stress, complaining about the way he was discharged in 2015, but was taken ill after 18 days and had to go to hospital on Sunday.

Barry Shepherd
BBC

While he was unable to protest, supporters like former Warrant Officer Barry Shepherd (pictured above) have been taking it in turns to sit in the camp chair he set up and have erected tents to provide food and warmth.

Mr Hales is expected to take up his protest again this afternoon.

Combat Stress has apologised to him and said there would be a review of its discharge process, but he is demanding an independent review.