No charges over Teesside soldier's death

Signaller David Grout
Image caption Signaller David Grout had just returned from Helmand Province

No charges are to be brought in the case of a Teesside soldier who suffered head injuries and died a short time after returning home from Afghanistan.

Signaller David Grout was found unconscious outside the Eston Institute on 11 May and died one week later.

Prior to his death, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and later bailed.

The Crown Prosecution Service has now said there was insufficient evidence that a crime had been committed.

Police have now concluded their investigations.

Mr Grout, who served with the Royal Corps of Signals 204, based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, was celebrating with his family after having returned from Helmand Province only a few hours earlier.

'Extreme sensitivity'

Gerry Wareham, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The case was reviewed in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, as every case must be.

"This states that a prosecution must only be brought where there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

"The police and the Crown Prosecution Service recognised from the outset the extreme sensitivity of this case and there was a very thorough investigation before a file was submitted to the CPS by the police for advice.

"After very careful consideration of all the available evidence, including eye witness accounts from reliable and independent eye witnesses, it was clear that there was insufficient evidence to prove any offence had been committed, and we advised the police accordingly."

He added: "We have written to Mr Grout's family and explained our reasons and offered to meet with them and that offer remains open."

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