New podcast brings new allegations to light over deaths at the Deepcut Barracks where Seaham private Geoff Gray died

A new podcast will look at new allegations linked to the mysterious deaths at the Deepcut Barracks – including a Seaham solider as he started out on his Army career.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 3:45 pm

Death at Deepcut will focus on four tragedies at the Surrey base, also known as the Princess Royal Barracks, between 1995 and 2002, including details of claims which have not previously been made public.

Among the deaths was Private Geoff Gray, from Seaham, who was 17 when he was found dead with two gunshots to his head in September 2001.

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Private Geoff Gray's parents, Diane and Geoff, have never believed their son took his own life. His story will be told as part of the new Death at Deepcut podcast series.

The seven-part Audible Original series, available now, follows a 12-month investigation led by investigative journalist Jane MacSorley, who has led five investigative projects on the deaths.

She is backed by retired Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who was tasked in 2002 to lead two of the investigations and has described how the inquiries have left him “haunted.”

It looks into what life was really like for recruits at the notorious Princess Royal Barracks, where sexual and physical abuse is alleged to have been widespread, and where Privates Sean Benton, 20, Cheryl James, 18, and James Collinson, 17, also died from gunshot wounds all said to be self-inflicted.

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The podcast team conducted hours of interviews, analysed court transcripts and spoke to forensic experts, uncovering new information which has brought to light serious allegations connected to at least one of the deaths.

Geoff Gray Snr, who was interviewed as part of the series, said: “I got involved because after all these years, the public still don't know the full Deepcut story.

"Hopefully this will raise public interest and put pressure on the Government for a public inquiry.”

Death at Deepcut is produced for Audible by John Battsek, who has worked on the documentaries Hillsborough and Searching For Sugar Man, and Sarah Thomson, who worked on The Australian Dream, at Ventureland.

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