Charity to help injured 23-year-old former Burnley soldier after he was jailed

ASHLEY CLARK

ASHLEY CLARK

First published in News

A VETERANS charity is to help a jailed former soldier from Burnley who was left with brain injuries after seeing two friends die during a roadside bombing.

Ex-Duke of Lancaster’s soldier Ashley Clark was given a 21-month sentence, later reduced to 16 months, after it was said he failed to adequately seek help for his difficulties.

Clark had been given a deferred sentence by Judge Andrew Woolman last December after admitting to racially abusing a taxi driver and calling him a terrorist.

By the time he returned to the dock last week he had been involved in an attack on another taxi driver.

He had also been the subject of a suspended sentence for carrying out a burglary on his aunt and uncle’s home.

Tony Hayes, from the Veterans Association UK, said his organisation were anxious to ensure the 23-year-old received proper assistance for his problems and his appeal.

Mr Hayes said: “We deal with cases like this all the time and we have got access to more than 200 psychiatrists and psychologists. If he had been referred to us then we could have ensured that he received the appropriate support. I feel that he has been let down by the system.”

Clark, pictured, a web designer, was medically discharged from the Army.

In 2010, he saw two of his comrades die in a roadside bombing, which left him with significant injuries.

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2:20pm Thu 14 Aug 14

andy1 says...

To many of these lads and lasses not receiving the proper help they should have. Jail will not help but proper psychiatric help yes. Im not saying what he did was right but come on the guy saw two mates blown up and hit the booze.
To many of these lads and lasses not receiving the proper help they should have. Jail will not help but proper psychiatric help yes. Im not saying what he did was right but come on the guy saw two mates blown up and hit the booze. andy1
  • Score: 12

7:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

It begs the question WHY he wasn't referred to the Veteran's Association when it became apparent that he had issues? And why was he left to his own devices to seek assistance? Very often someone with mental health issues may not realise that they need help until its too late. I know that the law demands that you have to ask for help yourself, you cannot be forced to do it, but that's what psychiatrists and psychologists are for, to help you realise that there is a problem and to help you to make that request. Again, I'm not condoning his actions that have landed him in chokey, but it could quite easily have been so different.
It begs the question WHY he wasn't referred to the Veteran's Association when it became apparent that he had issues? And why was he left to his own devices to seek assistance? Very often someone with mental health issues may not realise that they need help until its too late. I know that the law demands that you have to ask for help yourself, you cannot be forced to do it, but that's what psychiatrists and psychologists are for, to help you realise that there is a problem and to help you to make that request. Again, I'm not condoning his actions that have landed him in chokey, but it could quite easily have been so different. rudis_dad
  • Score: 4

8:52pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

It really is upsetting to see our lads going through these difficulties. He should have been given support when he came back and that would have saved the taxi drivers getting abuse.
It really is upsetting to see our lads going through these difficulties. He should have been given support when he came back and that would have saved the taxi drivers getting abuse. glossopkid
  • Score: 6

10:38pm Thu 14 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.
Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 0

12:14am Fri 15 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.
And what good have you done for society recently?...........
or ever?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.[/p][/quote]And what good have you done for society recently?........... or ever? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 3

9:36am Fri 15 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.
So I suppose that all the black and asian squaddies are racist too are they? I smell troll...
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.[/p][/quote]So I suppose that all the black and asian squaddies are racist too are they? I smell troll... rudis_dad
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

back again says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.
My brother is not racist. He has no memory of making the comments, but pleaded guilty to all charges as advised by his solicitor. Me and the niece that he adores are mixed race, South Asian/Afghani/Britis
h and Ashley has friends of all race/ethnicities. You don't know my brother, so keep your stupid comments to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh well now that is a surprise, a member of the armed forces being racist. Really you people don't think he should get away with this just because he used to be in the ARMY.[/p][/quote]My brother is not racist. He has no memory of making the comments, but pleaded guilty to all charges as advised by his solicitor. Me and the niece that he adores are mixed race, South Asian/Afghani/Britis h and Ashley has friends of all race/ethnicities. You don't know my brother, so keep your stupid comments to yourself. back again
  • Score: 6

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