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AN ex-sol­dier who lost his legs in war has be­come the first above-the-knee dou­ble amputee to scale the Matterhorn.

Neil Heritage from Dorset reached the top of the 4,478-me­tre moun­tain on the bor­der of Switzer­land and Italy on his third at­tempt. His two pre­vi­ous ef­forts were scup­pered by bad weather.

Neil, a for­mer cor­po­ral, had to have both his legs am­pu­tated af­ter a bomb blast in Iraq in 2004. He scaled the Matterhorn with a friend, Mark Hooks, who said: “It was just so spe­cial”.

The achieve­ment has raised more than £8,000 for Neil’s char­ity, Climb 2 Re­cov­ery.

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