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North Yorkshire troops honoured for their bravery

Major Paul Dupuy

10:14am 25th March 2011
(Updated 2:37pm 25th March 2011)

Honoured for their bravery.

North Yorkshire based soldiers, who came under daily attack from the Taliban in Afghanistan last year, are being commended.

Troops from the 4th Mechanized Brigade at Catterick Garrison have been awarded their operational medals.

One of those is Major Paul Dupuy from Topcliffe and of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, who's being awarded an MBE.

He was appointed senior police mentor in the Nahr e Saraj District at very short notice, having originally deployed to Afghanistan as a battery commander last March.

With only a small team to help him, he set about developing an effective force of 240 police officers in Gereshk, a troubled city of 80,000 people. Facing organised crime, terrorism and insurgency, Paul brokered a security plan to make best use of the police and help the Afghans develop their own solutions.

He co-ordinated the police contribution in a significant operation to clear IEDs (improvised explosive devices), and helped to secure the eastern side of the city, including the vital hydro-electric power station.

Hear his story below and his reaction to the award.

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