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Summary

  1. Coroner concludes Pte Cheryl James' death at the Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995 was suicide
  2. Bullet wound to the head 'was self-inflicted'
  3. Army apologises for failings at Deepcut in 1995
  4. Coroner highlights overwhelming evidence of a "sexualised" atmosphere at Deepcut
  5. Pte James was one of four young recruits who died at Deepcut between 1995 and 2002
  6. Updates on Friday 3 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Tanya Gupta

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Tanya Gupta

    That's all from the Deepcut inquest live page and the suicide of teenage Army recruit Pte Cheryl James. 

    For more reaction and analysis see our continuing coverage throughout the evening. And you can follow development on Twitter by using #Deepcut.

  2. 'Sad experiences overcome'

    des james
    Quote Message: We recognise that Cheryl, like so many teenagers, struggled in certain aspects of her life and had suffered some sad experiences. But she had overcome these and was doing well from Des James Pte Cheryl James' father
    Des JamesPte Cheryl James' father
  3. 'Power-hungry culture' at Deepcut

    Quote Message: They broke you down but they didn't know how to rebuild you. A lot of them were, you know, power hungry. from Michelle Clark Trainee alongside Pte James
    Michelle ClarkTrainee alongside Pte James
  4. Army 'truly sorry'

    john donnelly
    Quote Message: I want to repeat the apology that I gave to the coroner and to Mr and Mrs James at the start of this inquest. We are truly sorry for the low levels of supervision that we provided for the trainees at Deepcut in 1995, and for the policies that were applied to using trainees for guard duties, and that we took too long to recognise and rectify the situation. from Brig John Donnelly
    Brig John Donnelly
  5. 'Final chapter'

    June Kelly

    BBC Home Affairs correspondent

    Here is a look at some of the big questions the Deepcut inquest faced.

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    Video caption: A review of the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at the Deepcut barracks
  6. 'Twenty years too late'

    Quote Message: This day has come 20 years too late. There should have been an independent police investigation right from the start. The Army should have been open about life on that camp from day one. from Emma Norton Lawyer for Liberty and solicitor for Mr and Mrs James
    Emma NortonLawyer for Liberty and solicitor for Mr and Mrs James
  7. 'Serious and profound failures'

    Des James has said the family do not believe the evidence led to this verdict.

    DES JAMES
    Quote Message: We are deeply saddened by the coroner's conclusions, having sat through all the evidence ourselves, listened carefully to every word, read every statement and re-read every testimony. In short it's our opinion that it did not lead to this verdict... Deepcut was a toxic and horrible environment for a young woman and we have no doubt that this would have had a terrible impact on those that were required to live there." from Des James Pte Cheryl James' father
    Des JamesPte Cheryl James' father
  8. Army to study conclusions

    BBC News Channel

    Brig John Donnelly, head of Army personal services, is speaking outside the court.

    BRIG JOHN DONNELLY

    He has paid tribute to Pte James's father for his "fortitude and generosity", and said the Army had made profound changes since 1995 but it was a continuous process.

    The inquest conclusions would be studied carefully, he added.

  9. 'Should not have been on armed guard duty alone'

    Paul Heaney

    BBC News reporter

    The coroner Brian Barker QC said Pte James should not have been on armed guard duty alone.

    Coroner Brian Barker QC

    But he also said a report into future deaths was not required because the training policies and practices in the Army have changed significantly.    

  10. Father 'saddened'

    BBC News Channel

    Cheryl James' father Des James is speaking outside the court. He has said he is "deeply saddened by the verdict."

    des james

    He has described the barracks as "a toxic environment."  

  11. 'A dangerous situation'

    The coroner has said Pte James's morale may have been lowered by the general regime and she had written of her wish to leave the Army.

    deepcut

    But he said there was "no basis to establish that Ms James's disillusionment with the Army or any dislike of the Deepcut regime was, on the balance of probabilities, such as to cause her to wish to die".

    He said the Deepcut system had created a dangerous situation and provided the opportunity to take her life.

  12. 'Failure within wider Army context'

    Quote Message: Ms James should not have been on armed guard duty alone. Moreover, the failure sits within the wider context of the Army at the time neither recognising, nor taking any steps to reduce, the potential risk of trainees using their service weapons against themselves from Coroner Brian Barker QC
    Coroner Brian Barker QC
  13. Formal inquest conclusion

    findings
    Quote Message: Ms Cheryl James died as a result of suicide. The circumstances were that: Ms James had been posted as a lone female armed guard contrary to Army policy; the risk of self-harm to trainees during lone armed guard duty had not been adequately recognised nor had adequate steps been taken to reduce that risk. from Coroner Brian Barker QC
    Coroner Brian Barker QC
  14. 'A short, shining life'

    Paul Heaney

    BBC News reporter

    The coroner has said Pte James had "a short, shining life" and her legacy is a "complete re-evaluation' of how the army trains its soldiers".

    Cheryl James
  15. Suicide threshold clarified

    Paul Heaney

    BBC News reporter

    Some clarification on the suicide discussion from earlier.

    The coroner did not reject suicide but was discussing the legal threshold for it.  

  16. Death was suicide

    Paul Heaney

    BBC News reporter

    The coroner has said Pte James shot herself with a high-velocity rifle. She died as a result of suicide.

    Mr Barker has formally recorded a suicide verdict.

  17. Intended to die

    Daniel De Simone

    BBC Home Affairs producer

    The coroner has said Pte James inflicted the fatal shot intending to die.

  18. Evidence rules not suicide

    Paul Heaney

    BBC News reporter

    The evidence does not meet the legal threshold of suicide, the coroner rules, but neither was it an accident.