Some of you may recall that I had a smock stolen from the cloakroom of an Officers' Mess recently. Anyway, having just received a letter from the MoD Plod telling me that their investigation (such as it was) is over - to no avail, I went to the Mess Manager and asked about the insurance liability of the Mess for theft of personal belongings. The Manager (with pretty poor grace) told me that the Mess had no liability and that I should claim on my own insurance. Now I do have kit insurance, and normally I would not have a problem with claiming on it, but I feel that the Mess, which is run by a private company (happily making money from the taxpayer and Mess members), should have liability for the theft as I left the smock in the room appointed for coats and there was no sign informing me that it was there at my own risk. I know that I can be accused of being stroppy, but do I have a leg to stand on?