From Holden:

The British Army officer responsible for investigating British troops’ mistreatment of Iraqi’s hung himself with his own bootlace.

THE head of the Army’s Special Investigations Branch in Iraq, involved in a huge workload, was found hanging by a bootlace in his barracks room, an inquest was told.

Captain Kenneth Masters, 40, who commanded 61 Section of the Royal Military Police’s Special Investigation Branch, had become “stressed and frustrated”, the inquest at Swindon was told yesterday.

He had been involved in investigations into allegations of abusive treatment of Iraqi detainees by British soldiers.

The body of Captain Masters, who had sought medical help, was found at the base at Basra airport in October.