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Uninjured In Iraqistan then mugged at home

oldbaldy

LE
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#1
He survived active service in both Iraq and Afghanistan without a scratch, emerging unscathed from 147 separate mortar attacks.

When Liam Poole's luck finally ran out, however, it was not at the hands of the Taliban or insurgents in Basra or Baghdad.

Shockingly, the young soldier was savagely attacked by his own countrymen, beaten to a pulp by three bat-wielding thugs in his home city of Coventry.

The gang left him lying bloodied on the pavement only 100 yards from his front door, and made off with his wallet, phone - and his Iraq and Afghanistan tour medals.

The 20-year-old squaddie attacked the gutlessness of his attackers and said they would never have been able to handle the dangers of war.

"If these cowards had to go through the same thing as me, they wouldn't be up to it," he said.

The soldier, who serves in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, went on two tours of duty last year, first to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. Each tour lasted three months.

While he himself was able to dodge the enemy's bombs and bullets, he saw many of his colleagues maimed and wounded.

One of his friends is now in a wheelchair after roadside bombs shattered the bones in his legs.

Peace keeper Liam says the 'cowards' who attacked him couldn't handle war

Liam Poole was lucky enough to come back to Britain uninjured.

But then some months later he was mugged as he returned from a night out with friends in Coventry.

As he made his way home alone in the early hours he heard a car pull up behind him and men shouting.

He ignored the noise but then became aware that someone was bearing down on him. He turned and was punched in the mouth by a stranger.

Stunned, he defended himself and punched his attacker back. The yob crumpled to the ground under the heavy blow and the soldier continued on his way home.

But moments later two more men appeared, one of them armed with a bat.

He was just 100 yards from his front door when the gang subjected him to a prolonged and violent beating.

They smashed him in the face with the bat and then kicked and punched him as he lay on the ground.

Outnumbered and bleeding, he decided not to fight back, instead waiting for the brutal attack to come to an end.

The thugs rained down blows on the soldier before stealing his wallet, mobile phone and his Army medals. The attack happened at 3am on August 11, but so far the police have failed to track down his attackers.

Speaking after recovering from his injuries, the soldier said: "I decided not to fight back.

"I just took it until they decided to go.

"I feel ashamed about these lads and what they've done. They obviously have no morals nor anything better to do."

His mother Geraldine said: "We are gutted that Liam has been off fighting for his country, he comes back and this happens.

"It is really disheartening to think Liam joined the Army as he wanted to do something worthwhile and help people and this is the way he is treated."

Speaking of the attackers, she echoed her son's words, saying: "They're just cowards. If they had to go through everything he has been through, they wouldn't be up to it.

"Maybe it would do them good to go out there and experience everything he has."

Her son is now out of the country again, this time on active service with his regiment in Cyprus.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=485068&in_page_id=1770

Scum of the earth
 
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fozzy

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I'm seething reading this :pissedoff:

I hope the police catch the scum before Liam's mates do.
 
#5
Bagwell said:
Ethnicity report required to provide a complete picture.
What sort of comment is that? Not sure hopw to interpret you, if you are going to say more because his attackers aren't WASP then you are a full on racist cnut.
 
#6
10BA09 said:
I wonder why he had his medals on the urine????
That's what i was wondering. They are sub-human scum for doing it, but there are always two sides to a story. "They couldn't handle the dangers of war", the cnut had only done two three month tours! He'd probally come back larging it, wearing his medals down the pub and got someone's back up. Smells like 9 Sqn to me.
 
#7
Just read this article in the Mail - Sickening :x

Just shows how "hard" those thugs were though as the squaddie puched the first, lone attacker to the ground and he scarpered, only to return with his 2 brave mates complete with baseball bats - fcuking weiners! :x

Did wonder why he had his Afghan & Iraq Gongs about his person whilst out on the razz though?! :?
 
#8
Nothing changes. To quote a relative who served in the Army in WWII:-

Rommel couldn't get me in North Africa.
Mussolini couldn't get me in Italy.
Hitler couldn't get me in Europe.
Stalin couldn't get me during the Berlin Blockade.
And a fukin' taxi driver nearly got me crossing the street.
 
#9
EL-PIMPO said:
10BA09 said:
I wonder why he had his medals on the urine????
That's what i was wondering. They are sub-human scum for doing it, but there are always two sides to a story. "They couldn't handle the dangers of war", the cnut had only done two three month tours! He'd probally come back larging it, wearing his medals down the pub and got someone's back up. Smells like 9 Sqn to me.
I was wondering that but then thought that he's a young lad and maybe just wanted to show them to his mates. Its something to be proud of after all.
 
#10
sparky8 said:
What sort of comment is that? Not sure hopw to interpret you, if you are going to say more because his attackers aren't WASP then you are a full on racist cnut.
Because of the below, because its happening more and more and you know what the reaction from the press, government, community groups etc. etc. would be if the situation was reversed.
Racist isnt a fair word as this is just an objective response. If they were Wasp then they are equally scum.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7016313.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1294021.stm
 
#11
Bagwell said:
Ethnicity report required to provide a complete picture.
Judging by the name 'Liam', he's Irish. Happy?
 
#13
EL-PIMPO said:
10BA09 said:
I wonder why he had his medals on the urine????
That's what i was wondering. They are sub-human scum for doing it, but there are always two sides to a story. "They couldn't handle the dangers of war", the cnut had only done two three month tours! He'd probally come back larging it, wearing his medals down the pub and got someone's back up. Smells like 9 Sqn to me.
Well, that's alright then isn't it, he obviously thouroughly deserved his kicking. How many op tours should he complete before he doesn't deserve one ?
 
#14
I'm from Coventry and a similar thing happened to me about a year ago, four guys jumped got out of a car, whacked me over the head when i refused to give them my wallet leaving me unconcious then took my phone and wallet. In the end no one was charged as the much vaunted CCTV footage was useless as you couldt even make out the make or model of the car let alone make out the cnuts who did it! Add this to the fact the police arent interested

Feel sory for the bloke and wonder if due the media attention the police might actually catch the bastards
 
#15
Reading between the lines here it seems to me that it's of no consequence that he is a squaddie, it's a straight forward mugging and would of happened if he was Joe Public. At least he managed to clout one of them before being overwhelmed but that probably caused the others to wade in with more force. It's a catch-22 situation.
 
#16
sparky8 said:
Bagwell said:
Ethnicity report required to provide a complete picture.
What sort of comment is that? Not sure hopw to interpret you, if you are going to say more because his attackers aren't WASP then you are a full on racist cnut.
Well my dad is a prison warden and he says roughly 60-65% of the male prison population are of an ethnic minority(Black/Asain)
 

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