THE British Army is investigating claims UK troops and their family members are being attacked by migrants in Germany after a spate of recent incidents.
The attacks aimed at those in military bases comes as the central European country is facing growing unrest about the migrant crisis after gangs of refugees carried out New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne.
Military police confirmed a number of incidents involving migrants who had been settled in and around the small city of Paderborn, which has been used as a base by the British Army since the Second World War.
Among the as yet unconfirmed reports are claims of hoax calls to the base, threats to women walking dogs late at night and assaults in Paderborn.
Heightened fears about the influx of refugees has prompted women living on the barracks to speak out about their fears of attacks in the area.
One, whose name was not given, said the reports had sparked “concern”.
She told Forces TV: “I have been a little bit cautious, but when we do go out we know to stay together.
“If we are going out on a night out we need to plan ahead and not consume as much alcohol.”
UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem, who highlighted reports of threats to women walking dogs late at night and assaults in the city, described rising security concerns at British military bases as “deeply troubling”
He said: “The MoD and military leadership must take the threats posed by the situation seriously and fully address the concerns of troops and their families where necessary.
“Reports that members of the British armed forces and their families in Germany are being targeted by migrants are deeply troubling and every possible measure must be taken to ensure their safety.
“The migrant crisis does not only pose traditional security risks to armed forces personnel, but also previously unforeseen threats to their families, especially women and girls.
“While the Royal Military Police are keen to downplay these incidents for obvious reasons, the wave of violence and sexual assaults that have swept Germany must be deeply worrying.”
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