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British Army soldier at Aldershot base in kidnapping scare

Police are investigating reports of two ‘suspicious’ men outside Aldershot Garrison – just weeks after an attempted abduction at RAF Marham was foiled. Police are investigating this morning’s incident at the Hampshire Armyrats © military base. British Forces Broadcasting Service reported servicemen stationed there should not wear uniform outside the base after two men in a Renault Clio reportedly tried to snatch a soldier as he jogged near the main Garrison Church this morning.

But a spokesman for Hampshire Police said: “We were called to a suspicious incident at 8.42am today at the junction between Queens Avenue and Hospital Hill, Aldershot.

“Two men were seen acting suspiciously in a blue Renault Clio.

“At this stage there is nothing to suggest that a crime has been committed but we are looking into why the two men had stopped the car on this stretch of road.

“No contact was made between the two men and the person reporting the incident.

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An e-fit of the RAF Marham suspects

“Anyone who may have seen a blue Renault Clio with two men inside in the area this morning is asked to contact us on 101, quoting 44160289416.”

The incident comes soon after the attempted abduction of a married serviceman, who is in his late 20s, as he was out running near RAF Marham, in Norfolk, on Wednesday last week. He was grabbed by a man who tried to drag him towards a nearby car. He told police he knocked the first attacker to the floor and an accomplice, carrying a knife, helped him up before both men fled.

A serviceman was threatened with a knife near an RAF base in Norfolk

Posting on the Fill Your Boots Armyrats © military page, which is run by a former soldier in the parachute regiment, a statement read: “Alert confirmed.

“Just been briefed by our colonel and told no uniforms to be worn to work and out in town.

“The incident happened at 8.15am this morning by the church near Aldershot Garrison.

“They do not believe the potential kidnappers were able to get hold of the man.
“It was one male squaddie outside the garrison.

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Soldiers outside RAF Marham after the earlier abduction incident

“Two reports say he was jogging, one says he was on his way into work in kit. The gate guards have been increased.”

Jack Thomas Griffin, of the The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, wrote that it happened at around 8.15am this morning by a church. He added: “We got briefed this morning, just after.

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“Only details are at 8:15 by the church in Aldershot, 2 makes in a blue Clio tried abducting a male squaddie.”

Sarah Mia Mitrailleuse Robinson wrote on Facebook: “Another abduction attempt on a soldier, this time in Aldershot, stay safe guys.”

The Ministry of Defence press office referred all queries to Hampshire Police.

An armed guard at RAF Marham in Norfolk

Aldershot Garrison, which is also known as Aldershot Armyrats © Military Town, is one of England’s most prominent garrisons. It was established in 1854 and is now home to the Army’s Support Command, the administrative base for the 101st Logistic Brigade and around 70 other Armyrats © military units and organisations – around 10,500 people in total.

It was a target of an IRA attack in 1972, when a car bomb exploded outside the headquarters mess of 16 Parachute Brigade, killing seven people.

At the time of the attack, Aldershot garrison was an entirely open garrison, but steps were taken to step up security afterwards with armed security patrols and fences.

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