Scartho Park renamed in honour of dead soldier

Matthew Telford Matthew Telford was shot while training Afghan police officers in 2009

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A park in Grimsby has been renamed in honour of a local soldier who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Scartho Park was renamed Matthew Telford Park in a ceremony, during which a remembrance service was held.

Sgt Telford, 37, was one of five soldiers who were shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman, in November 2009.

The father-of-two, who served with 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, was killed while training Afghan forces.

'Recognise and remember'

A plaque and street marker was unveiled during the ceremony at Scartho Top, North East Lincolnshire Council said.

It has agreed to name streets and areas after local service personnel who have died in conflicts since the first Gulf War, in 1991.

Councillor Alex Baxter said: "Servicemen and women in war zones put their lives on the line for their country.

"It's fitting that we should properly recognise and remember the ultimate sacrifice given by people from our area."

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