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Household Cavalry Soldiers Fail Drug Tests

By Louise Barnett, PA News

Ten members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are facing the sack after failing drug tests, the MoD said today.

The group, which includes two lance corporals, were among 150 soldiers tested for drugs at Chelsea barracks in London several weeks ago.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said today: “I can confirm that 10 members of the Household Cavalry have provided positive samples as part of the Army’s drug testing programme.

“The Army recognises a small minority of soldiers do take drugs but drugs misuse is not widespread and we have a zero tolerance policy on drug taking.”

He could not say which drugs had been detected during the swoop.

The drugs were found in urine samples from nine of the Queen’s mounted bodyguards and one soldier from a unit attached to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The group, which includes at least one woman, have been confined to barracks pending a review of their case.

They face discharge if they are found to have breached Army regulations on drugs, the MoD said.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is famous for the ceremonial duties it carries out in London, including the state opening of Parliament.

This is a sad thing to happen to any unit. Don't have a lot of sympathy for them though.

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