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Please note: This audio features sexual content, adult language, and references to suicide and violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Discretion is advised.

Between 1995 and 2002 four young trainee soldiers were found dead at a military training camp outside London, Deepcut. The soldiers all died from gunshot wounds, all on guard duty. In each case the army quickly concluded the deaths were suicide.

But for the families, the official version of events just didn’t add up and so they all started to ask questions. Investigative journalist Jane MacSorley and retired detective chief inspector Colin Sutton join forces to investigate the deaths and try to find answers about what really happened at Deepcut. 

After a year-long investigation the pair have uncovered shocking details about what life was like at the training camp. Interviews with former soldiers have painted a harrowing picture of emotional, physical and sexual abuse in an environment of apparent lawlessness. 

Featuring exclusive interviews with family members, former army trainees, senior officers and forensic experts this investigation has uncovered new allegations of criminal activity and a shocking secret which has never been reported until now. 

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Such a sad story. I feel for all involved.

The poor people involved. No one held accountable. No one took the time to care. Swept under the carpet. So sad.

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Fantastic Investigative Journalism

This was a coherent and compassionate account of a tragic series of events. This series has given a voice and profile to the families of the recruits who died at Deepcut.

It is my hope that this body of work prompts a wide-reaching Royal Inquiry. Kia Kaha to the families whose beautiful children lost their lives.

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Very Interesting podcast

Lots of research, interviews and information given leaves you wondering what really happened at Deepcut.

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  • mike williams
  • 18-06-2021

Sad throughout.

You will go through it like Crack Cocaine but remember it's just as poisonous as the drug. They try to make this out to be some Death in Ice Valley type mystery and they pretty much rip that style off but lack the substance to make it work.
They manage to do what all involved didn't want and that's to drag it all out and sensationalise the story of some tragic incidents in the hope of creating conspiracy. Really they just prey on all involved. Jane MacSorley drips with excitement as she lays pointless sorrowful details at the feet of grieving families and the copper pretty much digs up one of the victims for a second time by recounting how he had the body exhumed as part of the investigation dragging on for a good 15 minutes about it only to end by saying nothing was found.
Yes it highlights failure on the part of many people and organisations but it uncovers nothing new. No doubt these smug gutter press types will be looking forward to abusing us with updates as they continue to rip off more successful pod casts.

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  • Phil
  • 16-06-2021

OMFG

Gripping truth about establishment coverups.
So glad my two boys are out of the army and safe

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  • Olly
  • 20-06-2021

Mixed, poor editing, research and presentation

I initially found this podcast/ series very gripping having spent time amongst the military and police. However as the episodes evolution went on I became frustrated with how the presentation is twisted to fit a narrative of complex and complete failure, in order to rush to the end. Some things that are standard within public bodies and these institutions are made to look like failures or mischief, which they aren't. As a result that distracted from the listen as it made the context unrealistic with these element. I should highlight that it is tragic what occurred to families in this podcast.

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  • Paul Walter
  • 14-06-2021

army cover up exposed

long running tale of slippery evasion over rampant Sexual assaults, bullying, loan sharking and flimsy investigations of alleged suicides. if this is what our national security relies on it is a false reliance. the exposures are easily exploited by bad actors and official incompetence and coverup risks disaster

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  • Jay White
  • 28-06-2021

very poor example of investigative journalism

A very important story and more importantly 5 families let down by poor investigative (and i use that term loosely) journalism.

It's very important to point out from the start that 1 of the investigators in this piece actually had the opportunity to get to the bottom of what was going on in deepcut in a professional capacity as SIO of these deaths. He decided to leave his role as SIO mid investigation. At the time of leaving his role he had started the very distressing process of exhuming the body of 1 of these soldiers yet left his job (and the distressed family) before the body was exhumed. Now he has revisited the investigation in a profit making capacity.

The podcast itself offers forward many opinions, tons of hearsay, lots of assumptions and is not afraid to lead witnesses in their interviews. It does however fail to follow up any of these accusations with factual investigation.

A good example of this is, at 1 point a witness claims there were "2 or 3 suicides in the highland gaurds" this statement is referred to on numberous occasions without actually being fact checked.

On another occasion 1 soldier claims there was a loan shark culture at deepcut based on the fact he'd heard a few stories. Again this doesn't seem to have been followed up and no first hand accounts obtained.

The final straw for me is when they talk about a letter they recieve from Surrey Police. The letter states that they had investigated the finances of the soldiers involved. They had contacted the finance office of the barracks, checked his bank statements and spoken to his friends. The investigators then proceed to slam the letter for "missing the point" they state that loan sharks would not show up on official documents and bank statements. They totally ignore the fact that his friends don't think he had any financial worries and make no reference to unofficial loans. They also fail to acknowledge that looking at a bank balance may not tell you if an individual had taken illegal loans. However its safe to assume that those with a healthy bank balance are less likely to resort to £20 loan shark loans.

A poorly researched pod cast that does not come close to giving this story the justice it deserves.

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  • Mrs. Jacqueline L. Murphy
  • 18-06-2021

Very informative

Shocking listening to this even though I had some idea how the army treats their soldiers having had my son in law go through training and see action in Iraq and afganistan, this was throughly shocking to hear

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  • chris
  • 28-06-2021

Great podcast

The podcast was great, narration was spot on. Being ex forces myself a feel i got a real understanding of it all. Thank you for the time and effort you have all put into it.

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  • Clive
  • 17-06-2021

Disgraceful Cover Up or Gross Incompetence?

Well worth listening to this story again, but am not sure any more information was made available since previous documentaries on the same subject. I took a keen interest in these stories because I was working for the MoD at several army bases.

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  • James T.
  • 10-07-2021

Very interesting and heart breaking

This was a very sad podcast, families that have been let down by establishments. Anthing doesnt get a mention when reporting on the TV so i am glad the family are given a voice on here.

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  • Graham W
  • 09-07-2021

An exceptional piece of investigative journalism

A journalist and a detective lay out the stories of five junior soldiers robbed of their lives at a training barracks in Surrey. They reveal remarkable indifference by the Army, incompetence by the Surrey, and Avon and Somerset Police, and the limitations of the UK coroners' system. While at first, it appears as though the camp is the depository for bad eggs among the Army's NCOs, it is subtly revealed that a culture of sexual and physical abuse is probably endemic to the organisation.

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