Dennis Hutchings: Details of veteran's funeral announced

Mr Hutchings died in Belfast at the age of 80 after contracting coronvirus while on trial over a shooting during the Troubles.

Details about the funeral of British Army veteran Dennis Hutchings have been announced by Johnny Mercer.

Mr Mercer, a former Veterans Minister, posted the information on Twitter on behalf of the Hutchings family. 

Mr Hutchings died in Belfast last week at the age of 80 after contracting COVID-19 while on trial over a shooting during the Troubles.

Mr Hutchings was charged with the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in Co Tyrone in 1974, which he denied.

The former member of the Life Guards regiment, from Cawsand, Cornwall, also denied a count of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

On behalf of the family, Mr Mercer announced that the funeral will take place in St Andrew's Church, Plymouth, on 11 November, stating that "all are welcome".

A funeral service will take place for Mr Hutchings at St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth on November 11, which is also Remembrance Day.

The family will later hold a private event in Cornwall and have urged there is no political messaging in Plymouth.