Telegraph: "Viagra And Bayonets Stolen From MoD"

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  1. "Almost £6,000 worth of Viagra, silver cutlery and 100 bayonets were among millions of pounds worth of military stock stolen from the Ministry of Defence since 2007.

    Figures released by the MoD show alleged thefts have totalled more than £7 million over the last seven years.

    The figures were made public by the MoD in response to a written parliamentary question from Nick de Bois, a Conservative MP."

    Viagra and bayonets stolen from MoD - Telegraph
     
  2. 'In the past year 100 bayonets, thousands of rounds of live and blank ammunition, a Bedford truck and an industrial washing machine have all been stolen from MoD sites across the country.'

    Now the main thing I want to know more about is the Bedford truck. Someone taking a bayonet as a memento I understand, but a Bedford?!
     
  3. I might have a pussers knife in my drawer, good for spreading butter, don't like lines that the regular knifes leave, like a smooth finish!


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  4. I didn't realise Bedford trucks were collectors items!
     
  5. The Times:

    "Military stocks of Viagra were among equipment worth more than £7 million that has been stolen from the Ministry of Defence in less than seven years.

    Items stolen include weapons from army barracks, equipment from nuclear submarines, and £5,800 of anti-impotence Viagra pills and other medical supplies from RAF Marham, Norfolk.

    The MoD was quick to point out that “Viagra has other medical uses — for example it is also often used to treat low blood pressure and altitude sickness”.

    In the past year, a replica AK-47 assault rifle, which was later recovered, 100 bayonets, gun parts, magazines and thousands of rounds of live and blank ammunition were stolen from bases. In addition, large items such an aircraft fuselage, a Bedford truck and an industrial washing machine have also been smuggled off MoD sites without detection in recent years.

    The extent of the department’s multimillion-pound theft problem was revealed in response to a parliamentary question from Nick de Bois, the Tory MP for Enfield North.

    The publication of the figures came after Sergeant Major Steven Barratt was sentenced to 20 months in prison last week for trying to sell army night vision equipment worth £115,000 on eBay.

    Last July, security was breached on a goods train carrying explosive weapons while it stopped at a red light near Warrington. The opportunist theft of 40 anti-tank mines was noticed only the next day. Five civilians were sentenced to between five and seven and a half years in prison.

    The nuclear submarine HMS Ambush was also targeted last March, when a pulse oximeter, which measures blood oxygen saturation, was taken.

    Last January it emerged that more than 8,000 items were stolen from the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, at Lympstone, Devon, over four years. The list included 100 bayonets and 13 dummy hand grenades. Other pilfered MoD property included DVD players, TVs, stereos, and even a karaoke rig.

    Metal thieves have stolen thousands of pounds’ worth of lead flashing and roofing, copper piping, electrical cables and radiators from military sites.

    Those with more expensive tastes made off with a £25,000 silver statue from the Household Cavalry barracks in Knightsbridge, and in Edinburgh more than £7,000 of silver cutlery was taken from Redford barracks.

    Andrew Murrison, a Defence Minister, said that the latest figures relating to stolen goods did not take into account those that had been recovered.

    Urging “vigilance”, a spokesman for the department said: “The MoD takes the loss or theft of equipment very seriously and works hard to detect and deter theft. Where theft does occur and a suspect is identified, prosecution or internal disciplinary action will follow as appropriate”."
     
  6. You'd need the Bedford truck to shift the aircraft fuselage.
     
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  7. Depends how big the aircraft fuselage was. Maybe they used that to shift the Bedford truck!
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Funny how, in days of yore, Army Regiments used to be able to "confiscate" trophies from the natives to add to the regimental silver hoard but when it happens t'other way around it's "theft".

    The Household Cavalry Officers Mess petty cash account probably holds 10 times the value of the missing silver statue. It's only surprising anyone noticed it missing.
     
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  9. Quite likely ... considering they haven't made Bedford TK Trucks since the 80's and Bedford lost the MOD contract in the Thatcher era! Unless its one the AWD TK's in which case its a different story.

    And £6000 quids worth of Viagra is only 727 tablets (British National Formula) @ £8.25 per tablet! But there must be a lot of happy Crab airmen (or WRAF's) around if they are using that to treat altitude sickness!
     
  10. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Far too an emotive headline; there is a difference between "stolen" and "missing", which is more likely the case with some of the larger items.

    (As an aside, war trophies and munitions that have been lost (on training, operations, etc.) have turned up on the Black Market in the hands of the criminal fraternity. One of the weapons use in the bungled robbery during which PC Sharon Beshenivsky was murdered in Bradford in Nov 05 came from MOD stock).
     
  11. They never did find those batteries in my 'Walkman'.

    Mwahahaha...
     
  12. The publication of the figures came after Sergeant Major Steven Barratt was sentenced to 20 months in prison last week for trying to sell army night vision equipment worth £115,000 on eBay.



    Well he certainly wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer! How did he ever think no-one would notice!
     
  13. The dit was there are people permantly scanning ebay for MOD items, for equipment and uniform.

    I think they've clamped down a lot more now, with more stuff on PLR so harder to 'write off'.

    Even spent ammunition has to be logged and returned now, gone are the days of making ashtrays from 45 shells!
     
  14. Trust me someone has saved the MOD a job in scrapping the thing. Any Bedfords left should be parked outside a base with a sign hanging on them saying free to good home. Piles of scrap.
     
  15. For babygravy, that's not a dit, someone does keep a wary eye on E-bay as a person I know found out to their cost, and the stuff he sold (money went to pussers charity, receipt n'all) was obsolete and was authorised to be skipped as non-retunable, non-recyclable. Complete waste of MoD plods time IMO but he got a hefty fine all the same.
     
  16. (granny)

    (granny) War Hero Book Reviewer

    Viagra and bayonets.....'They don't like it up em Mr Mainwaring'. :)
     
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  17. I had the dubious pleasure of clocking up many miles in a Bedford TK, crash box, no heater, my arse is still numb, who ever nicked one needs help.
     
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  18. There was somebody I know who robbed an expensive electrical item from the squadron and flogged it on ebay. However his user name was his service number!

    Didn't take long, 90 days inside and civvy st.


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  19. Only because it wasn't there when the baby Rupert was sent to polish it for penance over a mess transgression.
     
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