Parachute battalion banned from serving abroad after troops recorded having orgy

A parachute regiment have been pulled from a deployment in Kosovo and banned from serving at all this summer after members shot a lewd clip of an orgy in army barracks.

Members of 3 PARA of the British Army videoed themselves having sex with a woman at the Merville Barracks in Colchester.

The 3 PARA group have "lost the trust" of the Chief of the General Staff General Sir Patrick Sanders, according to a letter to all of the Parachute Regiment.

The regiment will now not join a NATO operation in Kosovo this summer.

The letter said the decision was “based on recent disciplinary incidents”.

It said: “3 PARA accept they have temporarily lost the trust of CGS.”

One former soldier told the Mirror: “This means other troops will be sent at short notice to Kosovo. Everybody knows the Army is undermanned.

“This happening when there is a war in Europe is outrageous.”

An Army spokesman said: “All forms of unacceptable behaviour, including those of a sexual nature, have no place in an inclusive and respectful Armed Forces.”

General Sanders, the newly-installed army chief, explained that he did not want to “risk the reputation” of the British Army with their deployment. He described the behaviour at Merville Barracks as “unacceptable” and “corrosive”.

The annual deployment is part of a ten-day joint military exercise with NATO allies – with around 400 paratroopers travelling to Bosnia and Kosovo from the UK to take part.

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However, following the emergence of the sex tapes a large swathe of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment has been ordered to stay at home.

It marks a strong start to General Sanders’ posting as head of the British Army, which he only assumed earlier this week.

Eight soldiers were reportedly under investigation by the Royal Military Police earlier this month after videos emerged of an orgy with a civilian woman – which was found to be consensual.

It is said the woman was smuggled into the Colchester barracks 31 times in five months.

Police reportedly established that no crime had been committed.

However, General Sanders said that the activity and the footage that had been circulated could appear to “denigrate women” and fell below the army’s own standards.

Following the scandal, elite army soldiers were reportedly put on an STI alert following fears of a herpes outbreak.

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