THERE are unconfirmed reports that one of the five men who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan was from Herefordshire.

The Lynx helicopter came down in Kandahar province yesterday morning.

Three of the servicemen, from the Army Air Corps, and an airman, from the Royal Air Force, were stationed at RAF Odiham, in Hampshire, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The fifth serviceman, an Army reservist from 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, was based in London.

The MoD said the accident happened during "a routine flight" and that the crash site, close to Kandahar airfield, had been cordoned off.

The next of kin of all the servicemen have been informed.

There will be more on this story tomorrow.