Army college assault claims

The Army has confirmed that allegations of sexual assault have been made at a training college for junior soldiers in North Yorkshire.

The Special Investigation Branch (SIB) of the Royal Military Police is investigating claims made at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

The college trains 16 to 18-year-olds on how to become soldiers of the future.

It is claimed they were "beasted" by a group of other trainees and some attacked with a vacuum cleaner.

We can confirm that allegations of sexual assault have been made against junior soldiers at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, by fellow junior soldiers under training. The matter is subject to an SIB investigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further whilst this is ongoing.

All those who are found to fall short of the Army's high standards or who are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively (up to and including discharge) or through the discipline process, as appropriate.

– Army spokesperson