Parents of shot Deepcut soldier given 16,000 pages of documents

Diane and Geoff Gray
Diane and Geoff Gray
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THOUSANDS of previously unseen police documents have been released to the family of a soldier shot dead at his Army base.

Seaham-born Private Geoff Gray was found dead with two gunshot wounds to the head at the Deepcut Barracks, in Surrey, in 2001.

Geoff Gray

Geoff Gray

His parents Geoff and Diane have never believed he committed suicide and say he was murdered.

They, along with the parents of three others also found dead in suspicious circumstances at the base between 1995 and 2002, have called for a public inquiry into the deaths since the tragic loss of their children.

Preparations are being made for a new inquest into the death of one of the four, Pte Cheryl James, and Pte Gray’s loved ones hope they, along with other families, will also get fresh hearings.

Pte Gray’s original inquest, which led to an open verdict, was four hours long and its report had 20 pages.

Now the family has been given access to an estimated 16,000 pages of information linked to the investigation by Surrey Police, with more papers expected.

John Cooper, QC, who is working on the case pro bono, has begun shifting through the information as they work towards an inquest application.

Diane said: “This is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle.

“As John Cooper goes through things, he’ll find other bits of information to ask for.

“I’ve said I don’t want to know and others have said the same. We think it’s for the best.”

Mr Cooper, a specialist in serious criminal law, fraud and regulation, said: “The family are inevitably going to apply for a new inquest into Geoff’s death.

“It was considered then to be an inadequate investigation into his death, but at this time we are not at liberty to discuss the content of the material at this stage.”

The Grays and Mr Cooper have agreed not to discuss any new details they find in the papers at this stage.