Nimrod family's MoD fury

THE father of a soldier killed when an RAF Nimrod exploded over Afghanistan has criticised the Ministry of Defence for making the battle for compensation "as difficult as possible".

Lance Corporal Oliver Dicketts, of the Parachute Regiment, died with 13 others when the Nimrod blew up in 2006, moments after mid-air refuelling when a fire broke out on the plane.

Yesterday, the 27-year-old's parents, Robert and Priscilla Dicketts, who live in Horsmonden, Kent, were awarded 100,000 each after a two-day hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Mr Dicketts said: "The MoD and their lawyers have made this process as difficult as possible for all of us, causing considerable distress and anguish in their attitudes which seems to have been an attempt to get us just to accept whatever figure they proposed with no consideration for us as individuals."