Army ammunition and weapons stolen from barracks

Ammunition for the SA80 has been stolen.  Picture: Allan Milligan
Ammunition for the SA80 has been stolen. Picture: Allan Milligan
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A machete, a smoke grenade and TVs were among items stolen from army premises across the Lothians, it has been revealed.

Military installations across Scotland have recorded more than 100 thefts in the last five years according to documents released under freedom of information legislation.

Nearly all of the items stolen in the Lothians have never been traced.

A haul including two magazines of blank-firing bullets and two magazines containing live rounds for SA80 assault rifles, a Gurkha machete and a training canister smoke grenade were stolen from Dreghorn Barracks in September 2009.

The items have since been recovered.

A power tool was stolen from the officers’ mess at Edinburgh Castle in 2010 and in the same year, a display sign was removed from Redford


The Ministry of Defence said it was “not immune” from theft and urged “vigilance” at all of its sites.

But a source said: “This isn’t the half of it – every day something goes missing and it doesn’t get reported. The only reason anything gets reported is when it’s something


“A couple of years ago when Dreghorn was getting done up, people were walking out with TVs under their arm – cars aren’t searched in the way in or the way out.

“Most soldiers uphold the law but to others it’s just a game.”

In April, the News reported that armed police had raided soldiers’ homes in search of an assault rifle that went missing from a secure armoury at Dreghorn Barracks.

The base was put on “lockdown” while military police hunted for the standard issue SA80 rifle that disappeared as members of 1 Scots rehearsed for homecoming parades.

The MoD said the figures represent cases where investigators have conclusively established that the items were


It is unknown how many of the thefts were carried out by military personnel and how many were by civilians.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said all personnel can be randomly searched on the way into and out of barracks or any MOD premises, with signs stating it is a condition of entry.

She added: “Theft is a serious offence in any workplace and every reported incidence of theft is investigated by the

Military Police or Police Scotland, as appropriate. As happens in civilian life, items reported stolen are often

recovered, but unfortunately some are never found.

“Any military personnel found to have committed

such an offence will

obviously be dealt with in accordance with common law and also

military law if appropriate.”

Kit that went AWOL


Two elevator antennae



Display sign

Generator sets




Smoke grenade (recovered)


Blank firing magazines (recovered)

Live firing magazines (recovered)

Training canister smoke grenade (recovered)

Jungle issue machete (recovered)

Nerve agent 
pre-treatment set (recovered)

Shamooli military flare (recovered)





Sat Nav



Electrical router tool


Uniform, kit bag and sleeping bag