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Romford father of fallen Iraq soldier Kirk Redpath reacts to the Chilcot report

PUBLISHED: 06:55 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 08 July 2016

Colin Redpath holding memories of his son Kirk who was killed in Iraq

Colin Redpath holding memories of his son Kirk who was killed in Iraq

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The father of a Romford soldier killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq described the Chilcot report as a “great victory” for the families of fallen servicemen.

Colin Redpath said his son Kirk was a “sitting duck”, left without the equipment which could have saved his life.

Following the release of the long-awaited report on Wednesday, Colin said: “We were very surprised.

“Most of the families thought it was going to be a whitewash.

“It’s clear there were shortcomings in the equipment provided.

“That rests with the MPs and the Ministry of Defence.”

In 2007, Colin’s son Lance Cpl Kirk Redpath died after a bomb exploded next to his Land Rover in Iraq.

The 22-year-old Irish Guard (1st Battalion) had been a soldier for three years.

Colin said: “We heard politicians saying it [the Iraq War] was the last resort, this report shows that wasn’t true.

“It’s not a nice feeling when you hear it didn’t have to happen.”

The devastated father said the Chilcot report paints a damning picture of former prime minister Tony Blair.

Colin said: “From what I have heard, I do think there are grounds for Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes.”

“If he thinks he has nothing to hide, then let’s see him in a court with lawyers.

“I think it’s going to happen – there are so many inconsistencies.

“It’s like he [Blair] is in denial.”

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