Dozens of elite firearms officers tasked with guarding Britain’s nuclear weapons and other key military sites cannot carry guns because they are too unfit.
A shocking official report into the Ministry of Defence Police, seen by The Mail on Sunday, reveals ‘concern’ at the growing number who are out of action and warns the situation is set to worsen.
The crisis has emerged after the introduction of more gruelling fitness tests equal to those taken by other armed officers in the UK.
The MoD Police protect the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet at Faslane, as well as other sensitive sites
Some MoD police – who protect the nuclear submarine fleet at Faslane, GCHQ’s iconic base in Gloucestershire and Devonport’s historic naval dockyards – have failed the new tests, while others have simply refused to take part.
Last night, former Army officer Leo Docherty MP, who sits on the Defence Select Committee, said: ‘I find this report very alarming.
‘There is absolutely no reason why those serving in the MoD Police should not observe the same high standards of those in the Armed Forces.
‘They have a crucial role in protecting our national infrastructure and need to be fit.’
The MoD Police protect the country’s nuclear weapons facilities, military bases and intelligence headquarters, while its armed officers have also been deployed on the streets of Britain in the aftermath of terror attacks.
But official documents reveal huge problems within the 2,500-strong force, where more than 30 officers were either sacked or allowed to quit