Bullet and £21k in cash stolen from MoD

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Thousands of pounds of cash, secure communications equipment, a live bullet and many other expensive items have been reported stolen at the Ministry of Defence, ministers admitted yesterday.

Answering a written parliamentary question, Defence Minister Mark Francois revealed scores of reported thefts over seven months this year.

More than £21,000 in cash is included on the list, including a single theft of £18,000. Also featured are copper hot water cylinders worth £2,320, body armour and combat uniforms worth £5,470, firefighting equipment valued at £2,480 and £26,000 of aluminium.

Bowman communications system equipment worth £8,853 was taken but Mr Francois insisted there was only a minimal threat to security because it “cannot be used without additional user information”.