From today's Salisbury Journal: DRUNKEN SOLDIER SPARED JAIL A drunken gunner who was banned from going to Iraq after assaulting two soldiers in Salisbury has avoided being sent to jail. Instead, L** B**** was ordered to perform 210 hours of community service as part of a community sentence for 12 months. He was also ordered not to be drunk in a public place - and ordered to pay compensation to both soldiers. Mr Richard William, defending, told south-east Wiltshire magistrates: "He had had far too much to drink." Mr Williams added: "Afterwards, he was told he would not now be able to go out on operations in Iraq." B**** ( 18 ) of the 19th Regiment of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill, admitted assaulting M****** G********, causing him actual bodily harm and common assault against J**** D*****. He was ordered to pay Â£250 to Mr G and Â£100 to Mr D, and to pay Â£43 costs. ...And the message this sends out? - Bop your mate on the hooter after a few ales, cough up Â£393 and avoid spending Christmas in Mesopotamia! Sweet as a nut.