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Army recruit dies while training at Surrey base

The Pirbright army training centre in Surrey is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

A recruit has died while undergoing initial army training. The incident happened at the army training centre in Pirbright, Surrey. An army spokeswoman said: We can confirm that a recruit has died while undergoing initial training at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright.

The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss.

The army refused to discuss the age or gender of the person but the Sun reported the victim was a girl who had completed a tough two-day exercise. Pirbright is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Privates Cheryl James, Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray all sustained gunshot wounds.

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