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Serving British soldiers charged with trying to sell ‘ammunition’

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The British Army appears to be facing a crisis of morale as one scandal quickly follows another

In the latest scandal to engulf the British armed forces, two serving members of the Army have been arrested and charged with firearms offences.

Kirtland Gill, 40, and Rajon Graham, 32, both from Berkshire, are accused of trying to sell ammunition from the stocks of the armed forces.

Both soldiers were charged following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad.

Gill was charged with one count of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammunition and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon – reportedly an imitation firearm capable of discharging noxious liquid.

Meanwhile, Graham has been charged with one count of conspiracy to sell or transfer ammunition and four counts of selling or transferring ammunition.

Both soldiers have been bailed to appear at Westminster’s Magistrates Court on July 01.

It is not clear at this stage what action (if any) the Army has taken against them.

The British armed forces – and the Army in particular – are struggling with mounting crisis within their ranks as demonstrated by a spate of suicides last month which claimed the lives of seven serving and former servicemen in the space of only 15 days.

The internal crisis is exacerbated by adverse external developments, notably the British armed forces’ full retreat from Afghanistan which is set to be completed by mid-September.



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