MOD 'knew' of Red Caps' risk

A retired senior army officer has claimed authorities knew British troops in Iraq were at increased risk, before two soldiers from Solihull and Swadlincote were killed by a 400 strong mob.

Army whistleblower claims MOD knew of increased risk before Red Caps attacked

Corporal Russell Aston Credit: ITV News Central

A retired senior army officer has claimed authorities knew British troops in Iraq were at increased risk, before two soldiers from Solihull and Swadlincote were killed by a 400 strong mob.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Credit: ITV News Central

Six soldiers, including Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull, and Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote, died in 2003 when the mob attacked a police station.

The source, described as reliable, also alleged the incident was part of a series backed by Iran. The MOD has been asked to investigate the claim.

The MOD has said:

"It is impossible to place reliance on information attributed to an unnamed individual. However, if anyone has any new information about the events in question, we would encourage them to submit it to the MoD."

Video: full report on the families of Army Red Caps suing the Ministry of Defence

Two families of Army Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob, are to sue the Ministry of Defence for negligence. Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote in Derbyshire and Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull were killed alongside four other Royal Military Police officers.

The case which is the first of its kind, follows a judgement by the Supreme Court last month which ruled that soldiers at war are covered by human rights laws and are owed a duty of care. Kate Fisher reports.

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Red Caps' deaths: MOD statement released

Our thoughts remain with the families of those who lost their lives in this incident and it is a matter of deep regret that the perpetrators of these appalling murders have not been brought to justice. We believe that the circumstances in which they took place have been as fully investigated. It would be inappropriate to comment further, ahead of any forthcoming legal proceedings.

– Ministry of Defence

Midlands families to sue over Red Caps' death

Two Midlands families of Army Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob are suing the Ministry of Defence for negligence.

Corporal Russell Aston Credit: ITV News Central

Corporal Russell Aston from Swadlincote in Derbyshire and Lance Corporal Thomas Keys from Solihull were killed alongside four other Royal Military Police officers when more than 400 Iraqis stormed a police station where they were helping to train locals.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Credit: ITV News Central

The legal action follows a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court last month, which ruled that soldiers at war in foreign lands are covered by human rights laws and are owed a duty of care.