Viagra pills worth almost £6,000 were among £7 million worth of items stolen from the Ministry of Defence over the last seven years, according to recently released figures.
The stolen items included:
- 100 bayonets
- Thousands of rounds of live and blank ammunition
- £5,800 worth of anti-impotence Viagra pills
- a Bedford truck
- an industrial washing machine
- lead flashing and roofing
- copper piping, electrical cables and radiators
- a £25,000 silver statue from the household Cavalry barracks in Knightsbridge
- £7,000 worth of silver cutlery from Redford Cavalry and Infantry Barracks near Edinburgh
The figures were disclosed by the Times after the MoD released the information in response to a written Parliamentary question from Tory MP Nick de Bois.
The MoD said it "takes detecting and deterring fraud and theft seriously".
It set up a new counter fraud and loss department last year "to improve the way fraud and theft is managed across defence, the aim being to minimise the losses from the defence budget from fraud, misappropriation and theft and thereby maximise the amount spent on our armed forces".