High-tech laser sight and 6,000 worth of VIAGRA among items stolen from Swanton Morley and RAF Marham military bases in Norfolk

High-tech laser sight and 6,000 worth of VIAGRA among items stolen from military basesDefence chiefs have written off thefts of equipment worth thousands Other items stolen include a pair of badminton nets and a 500 karaoke rig

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20:24 GMT, 11 December 2012


Viagra

Stolen: The batch of Viagra was stolen from Norfolk's RAF Marham

A high-value laser and batches of Viagra are among an array of items that have been stolen from military bases.

Around 6,000 worth of anti-smoking drug Champix was also taken from RAF Marham, Norfolk, according to figures released after a Freedom of Information request.

MPs have said they would be urgently raising the subject of military security with ministers following the thefts.

Mid
Norfolk MP George Freeman said: 'After the glorious homecoming of our
troops to Dereham last week, it's very sad to think that our soldiers
are returning to confront criminality here at home.

'I'm
confident that our armed forces will be putting in place the necessary
measures, particularly at Swanton Morley, in my constituency, to prevent
this sort of theft.

'But I'll be talking to ministers to ask what can be done to support them'.

Other
items stolen at Ministry of Defence bases across the county include
thousands of gallons of diesel, generators, computers and even a karaoke
rig.

The laser was a 13,000 piece of
equipment that is fitted to an armoured vehicle and it was taken from
the Light Dragoons at Swanton Morley.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said she would also be discussing the problem with MoD bosses.

Ms Truss said: 'I am extremely concerned that thefts have taken place. I
will certainly be seeking assurances from the Ministry of Defence that
sufficient security measures are in place at the base'.

RAF
Marham said it had passed a request for a comment on the thefts to the
MoD. The Light Dragoons at Swanton Morley said no-one was available to
comment.

Swanton Morley in Norfolk

 RAF MARHAM

Barracks: MPs said they would urgently raise the issue of military security with ministers following the theft of military equipment from Swanton Morley, Norfolk (left) and RAF Marham, Norfolk (right)

Light Dragoons on patrol

AWOL: The 13,000 targeting laser system was ordered on behalf of the Light Dragoons who are based at Swanton Morley in Norfolk, but it failed to turn up in Afghanistan

Details of the thefts were disclosed by the MoD's Defence Fraud Analysis Unit in response to an FOI request.

Diesel had been stolen at a rate of at least 10 gallons a week, over a six-year period, it was reported in 2007. The total amount of fuel stolen topped a staggering 3,000 gallons.

The missing military items

13,000 laser targeting system

6,000 of Viagra and anti-smoking drug Champix

500 Karaoke rig

Four computers worth 4,000

Two generators worth over 10,000

A hot water tank

Night vision goggles

Senior officer's tent

Set of badminton nets

Gym equipment

3,000 gallons of diesel

First aid kit

Four computers worth 1,200 and a first aid kit were also taken from RAF Marham, the MoD said.

Property missing from Swanton Morley included the laser targeting system, two generators worth more than 10,000 and gym equipment.

Items stolen elsewhere in Norfolk over the last five years include electronic jamming kit, night vision goggles, a senior officer's tent, a hot water tank, a set of badminton nets and a 500 karaoke rig.

The MoD said the catalogue included only items where investigations had been closed, as disclosing details of ongoing cases could threaten live inquiries.

A defence spokesman said: 'The MoD takes the loss or theft of equipment very seriously and works hard to detect and deter theft.

'There are robust processes in place to raise awareness of the need for vigilance in all aspects of security and we actively encourage individuals to report loss or theft.

'This work has resulted in a rise in the number of reports over the last year.

'Where theft does occur and a suspect is identified, prosecution or internal disciplinary action will follow as appropriate'.