Sensitive army papers left in 'filthy' flat

RESTRICTED military documents, a weapons allocation sheet, faeces and rubbish believed to belong to army soldiers has been left strewn across a rented flat in Weston. The letting agent for the flat at Branton House, Montpelier, believes the documents were

RESTRICTED military documents, a weapons allocation sheet, faeces and rubbish believed to belong to army soldiers has been left strewn across a rented flat in Weston.The letting agent for the flat at Branton House, Montpelier, believes the documents were left by two soldiers visiting the tenants of the property.Proprietor of The Property Source in Orchard Street, Dean Smith, took over the management of the flat from another lettings company.Due to being around £2,500 in rent arrears the tenants, both believed to be ex-army, were given notice to leave.During an inspection of the flat after they had left, Mr Smith was shocked at what he discovered inside. He said: "When we gained entry to the flat it was in a disgusting state. There were empty alcohol bottles, cans and rubbish all over the place. "When we went into the bedroom we found a plastic carrier bag on the bed with faeces smeared across it and more on the curtains. The smell was horrific. It was then that I looked up and found a large amount of excrement had been thrown against the ceiling. It was just unbelievable."But upon closer inspection Mr Smith, aged 35, was horrified to find a number of documents belonging to a soldier had been abandoned, including a military manoeuvres patrol report marked 'restricted', a weapons allocation document, a list of soldiers rank and army numbers and a payslip.He said: "I cannot believe, especially in a time of heightened security and concerns about terrorism and national safety, that such sensitive documents were just left lying around in a flat."Another tenant told me that army soldiers had stayed at the flat for a short time."I can only presume that they got drunk, decided to wreck the place and left in a hurry, leaving a lot of personal stuff behind."Mr Smith has contacted Avon & Somerset police who are treating the matter as criminal damage and representatives from the military have travelled from their regimental headquarters in Hampshire to collect the documents left in the flat.Mr Smith said: "Two sergeants from military intelligence arrived, picked up the documents, and said they will be taking the matter further with the soldiers involved.


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