Police shocked by sub crew's drinking

Police investigating a shooting onboard a nuclear submarine docked at Southampton were so alarmed by the crew's binge drinking that the chief constable was told and he contacted military authorities, an inquest heard today.

Detective Superintendent Tony Harris interviewed the crew aboard HMS Astute following the shooting of Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux by Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, who was 76% above the drink-drive limit.

The hearing in Southampton was told the officer was "highly alarmed" by the crew's alcohol consumption and he wrote to Hampshire chief constable Alex Marshall with his concerns.

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