Suffolk soldiers robbed

SUFFOLK soldiers fighting in Afghanistan have been left without their possessions today.Troops from the Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Bury St Edmunds, arrived in the Helmand province of the war-torn country to discover the comfort boxes they had shipped overseas had been ransacked.

SUFFOLK soldiers fighting in Afghanistan have been left without their possessions today.

Troops from the Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Bury St Edmunds, arrived in the Helmand province of the war-torn country to discover the comfort boxes they had shipped overseas had been ransacked.

Reports suggest that the boxes, containing thousands of pounds of equipment such as DVD players, computer games and clothing, were looted from commercial container ship crates.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The comfort boxes are not designed to carry expensive equipment.

“We offer up to £83 to pay for them to be insured.

“But even if you go on holiday thing like this will happen - it's always a risk.

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“It is not nice but that is why we make the insurance available.”

n Do you know a solider who has lost their possessions? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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