Two soldiers in elite Coldstream Guards are arrested in probe into ammunition theft
- Serving members from the Queen’s elite Coldstream Guards regiment arrested
- Met Police officers raided two addresses and two men in 30s and 40s in custody
- Scotland Yard confirmed ammo was found, said to be 9mm calibre for pistols
- Troops have been warned not to speculate on the case by their superiors
Two soldiers in the Queen’s elite Coldstream Guards regiment have been arrested on suspicion of stealing ammunition.
Met officers swooped yesterday on two addresses. The operation was supported by the Royal Military Police and Ministry of Defence Police.
Last night Scotland Yard confirmed that a quantity of ammunition had been recovered during one of the raids on a residential address. The ammunition is said to be 9mm calibre and is used in pistols.
Two serving members of the British Army have been arrested. They not yet been named but were detained by members of the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad. Pictured: Stock photo
A police spokesman said: ‘A man in his 30s and a man in his 40s were arrested on suspicion of possession of ammunition and conspiracy to steal.
‘They have been taken to a nearby police station where they remain in custody.’
An MoD spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that two soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. We are assisting the Metropolitan Police with their investigation.’
Last night troops were warned not to speculate about the case.
The Coldstream Guards is the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army. The Army’s website describes it as ‘well-known for its high-profile ceremonial duties – but it’s an infantry unit first and foremost, with a hard-won reputation as an elite fighting force’.
Coldstream Guards have a ceremonial role as protectors of Royal palaces, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
The Coldstream regiment in bearskins march in front of Buckingham Palace during Changing of the Guard
It is among the units authorised to wear the bearskin cap.
It has been active since 1650. The regiment’s name comes from troops spending three months in the town of Coldstream in the Scottish borders in 1659. Thirteen members of the Coldstream Guards have been awarded the Victoria Cross, and one the George Cross.
Nicknamed the Lilywhites, the regiment’s motto is ‘Nulli Secundus’ – second to none.
Former members include Day Of The Jackal actor Edward Fox and Tory MP Richard Drax. Notable events involving the regiment include the capture of New York in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War.
Three battalions were deployed to France during the First World War. Five battalions fought in Europe and North Africa during the Second World War.