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HAMPSHIRE’S county council leader has paid tribute to a serviceman awarded Britain’s highest military honour for his gallantry.

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, 27, of the Parachute Regiment has been awarded the Victoria Cross.

It recognises his valour when he showed ‘complete disregard’ for his own safety during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan. L/Cpl Leakey, from Hampshire, is the third serviceman – and the first living serviceman – to receive the medal for service in Afghanistan.

Cllr Perry said: ‘He epitomises the bravery, courage and selflessness of our servicemen from all three military forces in all they do to serve the cause of freedom in battlefields around the world.’