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Trust the Hereford Times to make a dog's breakfast of the dreadful London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks on 3 June. All it has been able to cobble together for its lacklustre website is a handful of quotes lifted from a book entitled 'Be A Hero' by a former SAS warrant officer.

 

But if the Holmer newshounds had bothered to scan the national newspapers on Tuesday, they would have found priceless pictures of the SAS's latest secret weapon to combat terrorism, which was inadvertently given a very public airing, when a dark blue helicopter was seen hovering above the carnage at London Bridge. The unmarked Apache chopper is part of the new elite Blue Thunder unit which was set up following the Paris attacks of 2015.

 

It is the first time in more than three decades that the county's very secretive unit has had such public exposure, the last being the dramatic ending of the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, when a passing ITN news cameraman transmitted the whole raid on live TV, much to the chagrin of the top brass at Sterling Lines.

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