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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 12:27 GMT
Eton chaplain questioned in finance inquiry
Eton College
Eton said no weapons were found at chaplain's home
A chaplain at Eton College is being questioned by military police over the way the public school's army cadet force is run.

Falklands War veteran, the Reverend David Cooper, is being investigated over what the Ministry of Defence said were allegations of "financial irregularities".


The military authorities are looking into a number of administrative issues in the Combined Cadet Force at Eton, and the college is co-operating.

Eton spokesman
An MoD spokesman added that during the investigation it became apparent he was "in possession of a number of weapons".

However, Eton later denied reports that at least a hundred weapons, plus live ammunition, had been found by military police at Mr Cooper's home.

Claims that it had been raided or searched, "let alone that a hundred weapons have been found there, or that they were lying around, or that they have been confiscated, are untrue", said an Eton spokesman.

He went on: "The military authorities are looking into a number of administrative issues in the Combined Cadet Force [CCF] at Eton, and the college is co-operating.

"Mr Cooper owns a collection of guns which are properly licensed and kept safely in the CCF armoury and in the shooting range in accordance with army and police rules on custody of firearms."

Falklands veteran

It is not known what type or how many weapons are registered in the chaplain's name.

Mr Cooper officiated at the funeral of the 18 soldiers who died during the battle for Goose Green early in the battle for the Falklands.

The clergyman left the army in 1984 to become chaplain at Eton, which is attended by Prince Harry.

During his time at the school, Harry's brother William won the Sword of Honour - the highest accolade for someone in their first year in the cadet force.


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