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Royal Marines face court martial
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The claims relate to the treatment of young recruits
Six members of a Royal Marines training team from Devon are to be court martialled, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

It follows complaints of bullying at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in July and August 2003.

The six men are charged with ill treating young recruits.

A 16-month inquiry has been conducted by military police. It is understood none of those involved is still working at Lympstone.

Intimidation

The MoD says it has a zero-tolerance policy towards verbal and physical bullying and all allegations are thoroughly investigated.

A spokesman said: "The case is scheduled for a pre-trial review on 17 January and the court martial itself is expected to take place in February."

Last week the captain of Devonport-based HMS Somerset was flown back to the UK, after allegations of bullying and intimidation.

The MoD has since confirmed that Cdr David Axon has now been permanently removed from command of the Royal Navy warship.


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