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British minister 'sorry and embarrassed' over alleged army base orgy

James Heappey described the clip, which was said to capture a number of soldiers having sex with a woman, as "disgraceful"

24 May 2022, United Kingdom, Cranwell: Three C-130 Hercules are seen overhead as aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force conduct a practice flypast from RAF Cranwell, during a rehearsal for the Queen's Birthday Parade. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/dpa.
Three C-130 Hercules are seen as aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force conduct a rehearsal. Photo: Joe Giddens/dpa.

Britain's armed forces minister has said he is "sorry and embarrassed" as he condemned a video appearing to show paratroopers participating in an orgy at a military base.

James Heappey described the clip, which was said to capture a number of soldiers having sex with a woman, as "disgraceful."

The Times reported that the woman, a civilian, may have been smuggled into Merville Barracks in Colchester, where the video is said to have been filmed.

The troops, who are said to be from 16 Air Assault Brigade, are now under military police investigation over the alleged orgy.

Heappey told broadcaster ITV on Wednesday: "I am aware of that clip and it is disgraceful and people sort of say what, it was consensual, that doesn't matter. The army is an employer for both men and women.

"We want the nation's brightest and best to serve in our armed forces and we want women serving in the armed forces to know that they're serving in an environment where they are safe, where they are respected.

"Whatever it was that happened in Colchester, it's just not appropriate. It's not the advert for the army that we would want to show right now.

Investigation

"And I'm just sorry and embarrassed and angry that what happened in Colchester has let down that incredible effort from our armed forces.

"I'm confident that the men and women of our armed forces will continue to excel themselves and I'm confident the chain of command will correct those responsible for what happened in Colchester."

A spokesperson for the army said: "The army expects the highest standards of behaviour from all their personnel. Anyone not maintaining these standards will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken against them.

"The Royal Military Police are investigating several videos appearing to involve army personnel. It would be inappropriate to comment further while investigations are ongoing."

British minister 'sorry and embarrassed' over alleged army base orgy
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