A YOUNG private has been found dead just yards from his army base.
The man, in his 20s, told fellow soldiers he was “going on leave this week” but his body was found near the camp in Blandford Forum, Dorset.
The young squaddie was found dead just yards from Blandford Camp in Dorset, pictured
Privates said he had “boxed up” his room and Dorset Police said they were called on Wednesday morning after a body was found near the camp, which is home to the Royal Signals.
The Army confirmed that cops are not treating the death as suspicious and said their thoughts are with his family.
It comes just weeks after a female army cadet at Sandhurst was found dead in an apparent suicide following a drunken night out.
The 21-year-old was found in her room at the Royal Military Academy – where both Princes William and Harry trained – earlier this month.
An Army spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident near Blandford Camp which has resulted in the death of a service person.
“Our thoughts are with their family at this difficult time.
“The Dorset Police are investigating and are not treating the death as suspicious.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
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A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Dorset Police was called at 9.19am on Wednesday 20 February 2019 to reports that a body had been found in a field off Black Lane in Blandford.
“Officers attended and discovered the body of a man aged in his 20s.
“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious. His next of kin have been informed and the coroner has been notified.”
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.