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Kit stolen from axed barracks.

Byline: KEITH FALKINER

By KEITH FALKINER THIEVES have stolen a batch of equipment from an army barracks due for imminent closure.

A military police probe has been launched following the thefts at the Columb Barracks in Mullingar.

Security at the complex has now been stepped up after generators, fridges and flak jackets disappeared.

The barracks has been at the centre of controversy for months following a Government decision to close it down at the end of the month.

The 170 members of the 4th Field Artillery based at Mullingar will now move to a new base in Athlone.

But security sources have revealed that a number of items have gone missing in recent weeks.

The Defence Forces have confirmed that the military police have been called in after two generators were taken from the barracks.

However, sources have told the Irish Sunday Mirror that flak jackets and fridges have also been taken.

A source said: "The flak jackets would be a worry if they were to end up in the hands of criminal gangs.

"There has been a fair bit of upheaval at the barracks now that it is closing and a it appears thieves are taking advantage of this."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2012
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