Body armour for soldiers for sale on ebay

Military investigators have tracked down vital body armour that could protect British soldiers serving in Iraq on the online auction site eBay.

Ballistic armour plates intended to be used as part of protective clothing were found for sale on two occasions.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information legislation also show MoD detectives also found fire-fighting equipment, Navy survival suits, radios and even the cockpit section of an RAF trainer for sale.

In 2003, a British soldier died in Iraq because he was not wearing the enhanced body armour he had to give up due to shortages. Sergeant Steven Roberts, of Shipley, West Yorkshire, was accidentally shot when UK troops opened fire during a disturbance near Basra. A board of inquiry said bullet-proof plates for his body armour would have saved him.

MoD finds vital body armour on sale at eBay (Scotland on Sunday, 3 September 2006)