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North troops safe: Hoon.

Fears that some of the Army's most famous regiments, including the Northumberland-based King's Own Scottish Borderers, are to be disbanded have been dismissed by Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

Mr Hoon denied reports that a White Paper next month will propose scrapping up to 10 regiments, making more than 9,000 soldiers redundant.

Mr Hoon said modern warfare is increasingly reliant on high-tech weapons and sophisticated intelligence gathering rather than tanks and soldiers with bayonets.

But he added he was not in the business of scrapping old regiments and wanted the size of Britain's Army in five years time to be about 103,000, the same as it is today.

Speculation that regiments such as The Royal Scots, the Black Watch, the King's Own Scottish Borderers and the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire would be wound up was fuelled by a speech by Mr Hoon. He said military success is no longer so dependent on troop numbers and technology is now the key.

The KOSBs are the local Infantry Regiment for the Borders.

The Regiment, which has its HQ in Berwick, was created in 1689.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2003
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