Inquiry call over soldier's suicide

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Gulf war veterans demanded a public inquiry yesterday after a former soldier with post traumatic stress disorder killed himself in his jail cell. John Call- aghan, 28, of St Helens, was found hanging from a noose made from his trainer laces in the hospital wing at Strangeways Prison, Manchester.

The former Gulf soldier with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers had served less than a month of a two-year sentence for drugs offences. Major Ian Hill of the Gulf War Veterans' Association said he had been diagnosed by consultant psychiatrists at his trial as suffering from PTSD and the authorities had been warned he was a suicide risk.