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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Army probe amid shock claims of migrant attacks on UK troops and families in Germany
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.
Captain Alistair Kay, from the 1st Regiment Royal Military Police, sought to quell fears of attacks by migrants on UK forces but acknowledged investigations had been launched.
But while most have settled peacefully, a number have been accused of carrying out attacks.
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."
GETTY Migrants arriving in Germany
FORCES TV Captain Alistair Kay, from the 1st Regiment Royal Military Police
Campaigners are now calling on the MoD to provide extra security at British military bases.
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."
FORCES TV Manfred Mueller, Paderborn’s chief of police
GETTY Paderborn in west-central Germany - home to a British Army base since the Second World War
Germany has accepted more than one million refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the worst instance of confirmed migrant attacks, up to 1,000 drunk and aggressive men sexually assaulted and mugged female partygoers during Cologne's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Speaking of the reported incidents at the army barracks, Captain Kay told Forces TV: "These are small incidents that have occurred and have been investigated.
"There is nothing correlating these incidents and the intelligence picture does not suggest that this is an issue to be worried about."
Manfred Mueller, Paderborn's chief of police, attempted to reassure British Army personnel and their families living on the base, insisting attacks by migrants were normally carried out on other refugees.
He said: "If there is violence, it is violence between the refugees in the refugee camps.
"We have a lot of policemen around and we look after the refugees, we are patrolling.
"There are more than 300 homes and camps where refugees live so we patrol, we look after them, we talk to them and we talk to people who have some problems with them."
An Army spokesperson said: “These were minor and unrelated incidents which have been thoroughly investigated. There is no reason to believe there will be any repeat of such incidents.”