Derry-born soldier killed in car crash

A British soldier originally from Derry has been killed in a car crash in England.

Trooper Mark McKeen (23), from the Waterside, and a colleague were both killed when the car they were in hit a tree.

The crash happened near Catterick Golf Club, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, on Saturday.

Commanding officer Major Hugh Pearce-Gould said Trooper McKeen was a “first class soldier”.

Both soldiers served with the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Maj Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, said Trooper McKeen had “served with great courage and dedication on two difficult and dangerous tours of Afghanistan”.

The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Gary Middleton, said he went to school with Trooper McKeen.

“This is devastating news,” said the unionist councillor.

“I went to school with him and served in the army cadets with him, too.

“He was a bubbly character, outgoing and very keen. He was always very focused on what he was doing. He will be missed.”