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Colchester-based soldiers disciplined over sports drugs
PARATROOPERS who tested positive for drugs are believed to have been sacked.
18 members of 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, based in Colchester, were discovered to have been taking a banned substance during a routine drug testing programme.
Although the Ministry of Defence would not name the drug, it is believed to relate to a banned sport supplement.
It is believed the 18 troops were fired by the Army following the positive tests.
The regiment’s 400 troops were tested at the end of August.
An Army spokesman would not confirm the news, saying it was against policy.
He said: "Eighteen members of 7 PARA RHA have provided positive samples following their unit’s recent testing as part of the Army’s drug testing programme.
“Appropriate internal action will be taken against all eighteen soldiers in line with the MOD policy on drugs. We do not routinely comment on internal administrative action.
“We have a common law and Data Protection Act duty to protect the personal information of our employees and there is no good reason to release personal information in this case.
"Individuals who are found to be taking or supplying illegal drugs are usually discharged from military service.
“An Army Briefing Note was issued on 7 June 2013 reminding personnel of the Army policy on the use of supplements."
The Army began new screening tests this year to look for steroids and sports supplements containing prohibited substances.
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