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SOLDIERS giving evidence at the inquest into the death of a tank commander killed by "friendly fire" yesterday told how they were forced to hand back life-saving body armour.
LORD Goldsmith, the Attorney General, yesterday confirmed there is "insufficient evidence to institute criminal proceedings" in the case of Sergeant Steve Roberts, who died in Iraq after being ordered to give up his body armour.
BRITISH troops serving in Iraq have suffered more than 2,500 failures of weapons and vehicles in the past two years, scores of which could have proved fatal, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
THE Ministry of Defence will accept liability for the death of the first British soldier to die in action in Iraq, his widow’s lawyer confirmed today.
THE disturbing problems in supplying adequate kit to British troops risking their lives in some of the most dangerous parts of the world were laid bare in the aftermath of the Iraq war, with a series of revelations about the quality and quantity of equipment shipped to the Gulf.
MILITARY commanders fear the government might use the aftermath of the publication of the Hutton report to slip out details of an unpopular shake-up of the army which would involve cuts in troop numbers and leave Britain struggling to cope with its international commitments.
THE Scotsman’s revelations that the Black Watch had been sent into battle without essential safety equipment were raised by a succession of MPs in Westminster yesterday.
THE troubled tenure of Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, at the Ministry of Defence will suffer another blow today with the publication of a report showing that spending on major defence projects went over budget by more than £3 billion last year.
THE brother of one of six Royal Military Policemen killed by a mob in Iraq has challenged Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, to order a public inquiry into their deaths, saying: "This is his chance."
• Civil servant branded ‘arrogant and complacent’
THE flak jacket worn by Sgt Steven Roberts, 33, pictured, was destroyed shortly after his death in the Iraq war "because of the potentially hazardous nature of the bloodstains", said the MoD.
THE doctor who treated Sergeant Albert Thomson after he was shot in Iraq insisted last night that he did everything he could to save his leg - and blamed a shortage of military helicopters for a delay in evacuating the injured soldier to a field hospital where doctors could have carried out emergency surgery.
THE flak jacket worn by a British soldier was destroyed shortly after his death in the Iraq war, it emerged today.
GEOFF Hoon’s beleaguered political career sank to a new low yesterday, when the widow of Sergeant Steve Roberts branded him a disgrace and repeated calls for his resignation.
GEOFF Hoon’s alliance with Tony Blair once meant that politically he was bulletproof.
GEOFF Hoon’s attempts to keep his job slipped further yesterday after he failed to gain the support of a Cabinet colleague.