Illegal Immigrant in the Irish Guards.

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  1. A SOLDIER who guards the Queen has been arrested after he was found to be an illegal immigrant.
    It is believed he joined the Army under a false name - and his real identity was uncovered only after a car crash.

    In the meantime he had been trained in marksmanship, grenade throwing, how to use a rocket launcher, and the Army's Bowman radio system.

    The soldier, from an African Commonwealth country, joined the elite 1st Battalion Irish Guards and even took part in the Trooping the Colour in front of the Royals last month.

    A senior military officer told The Sun: "This is a blunder of unparalleled proportions. For an illegal immigrant to gain membership of any Army regiment is unbelievable when you consider the potential damage an enemy could do there.

    "But to be accepted into a Guards regiment, and therefore to have such close proximity to the monarch, is nothing short of a scandal." Palace officials were "extremely unhappy" when told of the blunder.

    A source said: "There have been Royal security breaches in the past but to find out the problem came from within the Queen's personal guard is astonishing."

    The soldier, named only as Guardsman Kapinga, joined up in November 2008.

    He underwent training at Catterick, North Yorks, before joining the Irish Guards regiment this summer. He was then stationed with the 1st Battalion Guards and took part in sentry duties in the familiar red tunic and bearskin at Windsor Castle.

    It is understood Kapinga was living in the country using forged documents when he joined up. The fakes were not spotted by the recruiting officer, or checked again.

    Kapinga was arrested by Hampshire cops after an accident on Monday and was found to have numerous aliases.

    The Irish Guards, based in Windsor, are on a two-year tour of ceremonial duties. A source said: "This is incredibly embarrassing. Clearly the vetting procedure was not as thorough as it should have been."
  2. You couldn't make it up..

    A soldier able to use the Bowman Radios..
  3. An African Commonwealth Country? So he could've joined anyway. The real issue here doesn't appear to be the fact he's an illegal immigrant, more the fact he used a fake identity.

    Although, Even as a civvy reading that it did sound like overhyped bollocks.
  4. Ah, that reminds me of that old chestnut...

    "Van Hoorn"

    "1st Battalion the Irish Guards, present and correct sah!"
  5. Le_addeur_noir

    Le_addeur_noir On ROPs

    High time for a sweeping clampdown on illegal immigrants in Britain.

    Deport(or at least lock up) the fcuking lot.
  6. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    sounds like he was making the effort though- I doubt he would have got where he was without putting some work in at the very least.
  7. Le_addeur_noir

    Le_addeur_noir On ROPs

    You have a good point.

    The security implications cannot be overlooked,though.
  8. No-one should be able to get into the Army on a false identity, end of!
  9. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    interview without tea and biscuits for the recruitment wallah?
  10. Whats the betting he gets to stay in?
  11. Unfcuking believable. All members of the British military are supposed to be subjected to a SC level check. Even the civvies are subjected to a Basic Check. I suppose it at least opens up a job vacancy in an AFCO as the eejit who processed him will no doubt be sacked by now!
  12. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    To be fair if the bloke pitched up with decent forged docs its hardly something a recruiter could be expected to spot.
  13. Maybe we could alleviate any manpower problems by having a foreign Regiment or two in addition to the Gurkha's ? Nine years service and you get residency etc .........
  14. After MCTC you mean? I predict D Wing myself. Which is what anyone who used a forged identity to enlist would get.
  15. betcha £10 to H for H he stays in .