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20th August 2003

Anger Of Deepcut Parents

Parents of soldiers who have died at the Deepcut Army Barracks have accused Surrey Police of sitting on report findings.

The parents say the findings show that their children may have died in suspicious circumstances.

They've told this programme detectives planned to issue a public statement that there was no evidence of third party involvement in the deaths of four young soldiers despite receiving a report two months earlier from an independent forensics expert that said suicide was "highly unlikely."

The forensics expert Frank Swann has also made criticisms.

A police spokesman denied that they had received any evidence of third party involvement in the deaths.

CLICK HERE to listen to Andrew Hosken's report.

"There is a distinction between making an assertion and providing evidence, scientific test results and rationale upon which that assertion has been made"
- Surrey Police spokesperson.

"I can't explain the feeling of disillusion that we have over this ... we don't know who to trust"
- Des James, father of Private Cheryl James.

"The police said they couldn't take those into account ... they could have contacted us, told us what the problem was, and we would have immediately removed any sort of private or confidential statement, and if there was any privilege we would have had that removed as well"
- Frank Swann, private forensic expert on views he gave police marked 'private and confidential'.

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