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Cpl Andrew Roberts: Road named after fallen Middlesbrough soldier

Family and friends of Cpl Andrew Roberts
Image caption Family and friends of Cpl Roberts gathered for the ceremony

Family and friends of a soldier killed in Afghanistan gathered on Teesside to see a road named after him.

Cpl Andrew Roberts, from the Royal Logistic Corps, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Battlegroup, died in a mortar attack in May 2012.

The 32-year-old father-of-three was described as a "hugely respected member of a very close fighting unit".

A ceremony took place in his home town of Middlesbrough, where Corporal Roberts Road was named in his honour.

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Image caption Cpl Andrew Roberts died in a mortar attack in Helmand Province

The road is on a new housing estate in the Hemlington area of the town.

Cpl Roberts' mother Pauline said she was "extremely proud" that his name would now "live on forever".

A Middlesbrough council spokesman said the ceremony marked a "fitting tribute" to a much-loved member of the community.

The section commander joined the Army in 1998, and was on his second tour of Afghanistan after previously serving in Bosnia and Iraq.

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