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Friend pays tribute to dead Herefordshire soldier

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas Image copyright MOD
Image caption Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas were killed as he left a checkpoint

A Territorial Army soldier from Herefordshire suspected to have been shot by an Afghan policeman was "fun" and "full of life", a friend has said.

Warrant Officer Leonard Perran Thomas, 44, who was known as Pez, and two other British soldiers died on Sunday at Helmand Province.

A statement by the family said he was "genuinely driven by a desire to help make a difference".

His friend Anne Rooke said he was pleasant and "very polite".

'Absolutely devastated'

The landlady of The Wye Not Inn, in Symonds Yat, added: "Pez is going to be greatly missed. He was a fun guy to be with.

"The locals here are absolutely devastated with the loss. He was part of our community."

Warrant Officer Thomas, of the Royal Corps of Signals, and Craig Roderick and Apete Tuisovurua, of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, were killed on Sunday as they left a checkpoint.

The Herefordshire soldier, from Ross on Wye, had volunteered to help rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure.

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