The funeral date has been set for a young soldier who was found dead in Peterlee.

Ben Healy's body was found in a wooded area early on January 26 when police officers were called to fields behind Olaman Walk in the County Durham town.

The 20-year-old's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Details of his funeral arrangements have now been shared by funeral directors R. Delanoy & Sons.

A service will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 12pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Peterlee.

This will be followed by the interment at Peterlee cemetery.

Ben Healy from the Light Dragoons who died suddenly in Peterlee
Ben Healy from the Light Dragoons who died suddenly in Peterlee

All are then welcome to join the family to celebrate Ben's life at the Southside Social Club in Easington.

Family flowers only are requested, with any donations to go to the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).

The ABF is the national charity of the British Army and provides support for soldiers, veterans and their families when they are in need.

Ben was part of the Light Dragoons cavalry regiment, based in Catterick Garrison.

The Light Dragoons posted a tribute on Facebook to Ben which read: "It is with great sadness that we must announce that Trooper Ben Healy died suddenly in the early hours of Sunday morning, 26th Jan.

"Our deepest sympathies go to his parents and family at this difficult time.

"Tpr Healy will be greatly missed by all members of C Squadron and the Regiment."

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A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: "We can confirm police attended the sudden death of a 20-year-old man in a wooded area near to Olaman Walk, Peterlee, at around 8am on Sunday January 26.

"The death is being treated as non-suspicious."

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