Police name soldier who died in North East live fire exercise

Police have named a soldier who died in a live firing exercise at Otterburn as 24-year-old Conor McPherson. Pic: MoD
Police have named a soldier who died in a live firing exercise at Otterburn as 24-year-old Conor McPherson. Pic: MoD
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Police have named a soldier who died after being shot in a live firing exercise in Northumberland.

Conor McPherson, 24, from the Paisley area of Glasgow, was killed while taking part in an exercise at the Otterburn Training Area military training area at around 11.15pm on Monday evening.

He was a member of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Specialist officers are supporting his family.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact details of what happened, but police believe Conor's death was a tragic accident and there are no suspicious circumstances.

A joint investigation is under way between police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which is being fully supported by the Ministry of Defence and the British Army.

The accident happened on a firing range at the training area, and Northumbria Police said Conor died after suffering a "serious head wound".