The Sandbag Times Issue No: 19


The Veterans Magazine


Homeless man found shot dead in

tent was an ex-soldier

It has been confirmed that a

homeless man found shot

dead in a tent was an exsoldier.

Phillip Fox, 60

served 6 years with the

Royal Scots Regiment but

was refused to be put on the

housing list due to him not

being from the area. Mr

Fox’s decomposing body

was found on 25th April in a

woodland in Wincheap,

Kent. A 26 year old South

London man has been

arrested on suspicion of

murder. Read more here.

5 injured’ 2 seriously, in army truck accident on A17

Four men and one woman

were taken to hospital this

week following a major

crash at the Swineshead

Bridge on the A17. Three of

the casualties were airlifted

to hospital while the two

remaining casualties were

taken to hospital by

ambulance. The A17 was

closed for several hours

while emergency services

attended the scene. The crash

involved 4 army trucks and a

LGV. None of the five

casualties are thought to be

military personnel. A 56

year-old man remains critical

in Queen’s Medical Centre,

in Nottingham, and a 44

year-old man continues to be

treated in Addenbrooke’s

Hospital in Cambridge for

serious injuries. Both men

were drivers of the MoD

vehicles and are from the

South Yorkshire area. The

driver of the articulated

lorry, a 23 year old man,

remains in hospital.

One of the remaining MOD

drivers did not require

hospital treatment and the

other was treated for less

serious injuries. Read more

on this story and follow

updates at this link.

‘Abuse Claims’ Lawyers to be prosecuted

A law firm behind hundreds of claims that British soldiers

abused Iraqis will be prosecuted for professional misconduct

over accusations. It failed to hand over evidence and paid

improper fees of £75,000 to an Iraqi agent handling alleged

victims. Leigh Day, one of Britain’s leading human rights law

firms, and two of its senior lawyers could face unlimited

fines and the prospect of being struck off after the Solicitors

Disciplinary Tribunal ruled there was a “case to answer” to the

allegations. The inquiry found the allegations against soldiers

were the product of “deliberate and calculated lies” from Iraqi

witnesses driven by a desire to smear the British military.

Read more on this story.

Army veteran with

no legs ordered to

prove disability

A newly-elected Ulster

Unionist politician who lost

his legs serving in

Afghanistan has said it is

"shocking and humiliating"

that he is being asked to

prove he is disabled in order

to secure an assistance

benefit at Stormont. East

Belfast MLA Andy Allen

also described accessibility

for disabled people in

Parliament Buildings as

"sub-standard. I would have

expected the Assembly to be

leading the way on these

issues and setting an

example for the rest of

Northern Ireland," he said.

The former Royal Irish

Regiment soldier was 19

when his right leg was

blown off and his left leg

badly injured by a makeshift

bomb while on patrol in

Afghanistan in 2008. His left

leg was later amputated. He

was blinded by the blast,

although he has now

regained 30% of his

eyesight. Mr Allen qualifies

for a disabled MLA's

allowance, which would let

him employ a driver who

could also help him get in

and out of cars while on

Assembly or constituency

business. "Even though I am

clearly disabled, the

Independent Financial

Review Panel have told me I

need to see occupational

health services to have my

condition assessed and prove

I am disabled," he said. "I

have two missing legs. I

think my condition is pretty

clear. I don't think myself or

anyone with an obvious

disability should have to

undergo such an assessment.

People should be left with

their dignity. "The Review

Panel would be better off

trying to ensure there are

disabled facilities at MLAs'

offices, rather than make me

and others jump through

hoops to prove we're

disabled.” To read the full

story please click here. 3 |

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