Unit in RAF Honington-based regiment disbanded amid investigation into alleged sexual assault of airman
A unit in the Suffolk-based RAF Regiment has been disbanded after military police launched an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told MPs today he was 'appalled' by reports of the incident after the Daily Mail said it had obtained a video which it said showed a naked airman being held down by drunken troops before they allegedly assaulted him.
The incident allegedly involved members of the RAF Regiment, which is based at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds.
An RAF spokesman said an investigation by the RAF Police Special Investigation Branch had been launched.
In the Commons, Mr Wallace said: "We were all appalled by the reporting we saw of the incident involving members of the RAF Regiment at the weekend.
"The RAF Police are investigating the incident and the victims have been offered our full support.
"The Chief of the Air Staff and I had a discussion about the incident over the weekend and he has, with my support acted quickly.
"He has removed officers from the immediate chain of command without prejudice pending the findings of a police investigation and the unit involved, the Support Weapons Flight, will be disbanded with immediate effect.
"Bullying, harassment and discrimination has no place in our armed forces and I and neither will the Chief of the Air Staff tolerate it."