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‘Jogging’ British Army soldier ‘escapes abduction attempt’ outside Aldershot Garrison

Police are investigating attempted abduction of a serviceman at Aldershot Garrison in Hampshire. 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 near the main Garrison Church this morning. A spokesman for Hampshire Police said they are currently “looking into the reports” and cannot comment further at this stage, reports Forces TV.

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.

Norfolk Police 'Jogging' British Army Soldier 'escapes Abduction Attempt' Outside Aldershot Garrison An e-fit of the RAF Marham suspects

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. 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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Hearing reports of another attempted #abduction[2] of servicemen in #Aldershot[3] this morning. Blue Renault Clio supposedly? Can anyone confirm?

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“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.”

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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