Your first post deserves at least one response. Sad... but true of any town in the UK today. I don't suppose there was any animosity to the forces, per ce.... just that the lad was attacked, late at night. It could happen anywhere to anyone.....unless you know different. (NI circumstances.)
Sometimes this is the kind of exposure that the forces DON'T need. Joe public will soon be sick of seeing Pte Bloggs in the papers every five minutes, and before you know it, we're the scum of the earth again at a time when we really DO need a sympathetic ear with the masses.