AN infantry soldier based in North Yorkshire has died while on a training exercise.

The soldier from The Rifles regiment – currently based in Catterick Garrison – died in the Brecon area of Wales yesterday, Britain’s hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures on Tuesday peaked at just above 30C (86F) in Brecon, the Met Office said.

Following the death, an Army spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a soldier from ITC Catterick died on 19 July while conducting pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants’ Battle Course in Brecon.”