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MOD was warned of security risks over Libyan soldiers at Bassingbourn

Bassingbourn barracks, Cambridgshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's emerged that the Ministry of Defence was warned of security risks surrounding an agreement to train Libyan soldiers at a barracks near Cambridge.

Around 300 soldiers arrived in the UK in June to undergo training at Bassingbourn Barracks, as part of an effort to support Libya's new Government.

But their training was cut short after 5 were charged with sexual assaults and other concerns were raised about the conduct of the cadets.

Libyan soldiers seek asylum

It's emerged a "handful" of Libyan soldiers who were being trained at the Bassingbourn army base in Cambridgeshire have claimed asylum to remain in the UK.

More than 300 troops were sent home after five cadets were charged in connection with a string of sex attacks in Cambridge last month. The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has now confirmed that some of the soldiers have refused to return to Libya, despite the Prime Minister insisting that none should be granted asylum.

Watch below to see Michael Fallon make his announcement in the Commons


Libyan troops to be trained in Cambridgeshire

Libyan troops are to be trained in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Up to 2,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained by British military at the army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “The Government firmly believes that a stable, open and democratic Libya contributing to wider regional stability and security is in the UK’s interest.

"That is why we are working closely with the US and other European countries, to lead the broader international effort, to support Libya’s democratic transition and the Libyan authorities’ efforts to make visible improvements in public security in Libya.”

Libyan armed forces to be trained in Cambridgeshire

Up to 2,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained by British military at the army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

The British government says it's an effort to professionalise Libya's military. They will be coached in basic infantry skills and leadership.

Foreign Secretary William Hague says they will be trained in small groups over a 10-week course and will be vetted in advance for medical, physical and behavioural suitability.

The Libyan Government will pay the costs of the training.


Rare black fox sighting

Sightings of black foxes in this country are extremely rare - but one amateur photographer from Cambridgeshire believes he's taken the shot of a lifetime.

John Moore from Bassingbourn spotted the black fox, which has a distinctive white tipped tail, in fields near his house. He said he didn't realise how rare the animal was until speaking to the RSPCA.

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