RAF reservist ‘looked up colleague’s skirt’ at Oktoberfest
McIlraith was photographed sneaking a look up a fellow police
reservist's dress at an Oktoberfest party night at the No 603 Squadron
headquarters in Edinburgh.
Royal Navy submariner Keith McIlraith was photographed looking up a
fellow police reservist’s dress at an Oktoberfest party night at the No
603 Squadron headquarters in Edinburgh.
- who is also a TV extra - and the woman had been enjoying the “rowdy,
drunken affair” along with around 50 other military personnel following
a training day at the RAF HQ.
woman was dressed as a “German beer wench” and after spotting a friend
in the same outfit she asked for a picture of them to be taken.
was said at the time but the woman admitted she was left “shocked and
embarrassed” when she saw the picture of her and her friend with
McIlraith on the floor looking up her short dress a few days later.
ex-Navy submariner, 43, denied he had looked up the woman’s skirt
claiming instead he and a female friend had been larking about on the
floor of the function suite during the party on October 25, 2014.
McIlraith - who has appeared as a support actor in River City, Dear
Green Place and Bargain Hunt - was found guilty of a breach of the
peace by looking up the woman’s skirt at the RAF HQ, Learmonth Terrace,
Edinburgh, following a trial at the capital’s sheriff court today.
48-year-old victim told the court she attended the RAF training day in
the afternoon before changing into a “traditional Oktoberfest German
wench” fancy dress outfit consisting of white off the shoulder top,
short black skirt and black boots.
She said: “People were drinking quite a lot - it was a party type atmosphere.
“It was a good evening and the majority of it was spent in the bar before we went through to a bigger room for party games.
saw a friend wearing the same outfit and wanted a picture taken of us
as I thought it would be quite funny. I looked at the picture a couple
of days later and I was shocked.
“I didn’t know he was on the floor looking up my skirt - I was shocked and embarrassed.
If I’d known about it In would have dealt with it then and there.
If I’d [known what he was doing] I would have stamped on his face.”
woman then said she confronted McIlraith about the image a few weeks
later but that he had ‘just laughed it off’ and said ‘it was a bit of a
“There was no apology and he felt as if he didn’t do anything wrong.”
woman then reported the matter to the Provost Marshall, the head of the
RAF police, before going on to inform the civilian police around nine
months after the incident.
woman said she made a statement to the police as she felt the RAF
command “were not taking it [the complaint] seriously enough”.
evidence, McIlraith, from East Kilbride, told the court he had drunk
around a dozen bottles of beer and as a result had “no recollection” of
the picture being taken.
said he had been engaging in “tomfoolery” with a female colleague
whereby both of them were rolling around the floor on several occasions
He denied the allegation he had looked up the woman’s skirt claiming that would have been “obscene”.
He added: “I know at no point did I look up anyone’s skirt. I wasn’t paralytic but I was drunk.
“It [the picture] might look like that but I wasn’t looking up her skirt.”
the evidence, Sheriff Fiona Tait told McIlraith she was rejecting his
version of events as “unsatisfactory” but found the woman’s evidence to
be “credible and reliable”.
Tait found the former Royal Navy submariner guilty of the breach of the
Pearce charge but did not place McIlraith on the Sex Offenders Register
following yesterday’s trial.
The sheriff said she will consider that sanction as part of the fuller sentence which was deferred to next month.
Inspection of the RAF Police by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary:Written statement - HCWS440
Inspection of the RAF Police by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
wish to inform the House that I am laying today, the first report from
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Inspection of the
Royal Air Force Police (RAFP).
Armed Forces Act 2011 places a duty on HMIC to inspect and report to
the Ministry of Defence on the independence and effectiveness of
investigations carried out by each Service police force, and this is
HMIC’s first statutory inspection report on the RAF Police.
consider this report to be a positive endorsement of the RAFP providing
assurance from an independent civilian authority that the RAFP is well
led overall. Six recommendations have been made and five areas for
improvement have been identified. The Royal Air Force accepts the
report’s findings and work is already under way to address the
recommendations and areas for improvement.
RAF police give boost to Diss Rugby Club fundraising event
Chris Chaplin, Sergeant Leon Jokat, Gordon Johnson, Sergeant James
Thomas, Corporal Allan Gardner at Diss Rugby Club. Picture: RAF
policemen have travelled up the road from Suffolk to Norfolk to support
a fundraising event held at Diss Rugby Club that raised £350 to help
former personnel and their families.
from 1(Tactical) Police Squadron supported the Royal Air Forces
Association’s Diss branch Wings Appeal at the Diss v Norwich Rugby Game
is the first event supported by the squadron, which has been aligned to
the Diss branch as part of RAF Honington’s overall effort to support
Lt Anthony Xavier, from the squadron, said: “Squadron personnel were
keen to volunteer for the event and saw the benefit of supporting the
work of RAFA in Norfolk and Suffolk.
support is planned for 2017 with the aim of developing a strong
relationship with the branch and also allowing branch members to visit
the squadron in the future.”
Johnson, RAFA Diss branch membership secretary, praised the positive
impact of having uniformed and serving personnel available to support
the association’s work and added that previous events without squadron
personnel had raised around £100.
This RAF Police campaign aims to significantly reduce alcohol related offences: Target Zero
This RAF Police campaign aims to significantly reduce alcohol-related offences: Target Zero.
mixture of briefings, surge operations, messaging and, in some places,
free soft drinks for drivers, Target Zero is designed to help keep
personnel safe this festive season.
Officer, Flt Lt Mark Wareing, said: "This is so much more than a
Christmas drink drive campaign, this is about keeping everyone safe and
enjoying the festive period."
Bus firm on board with armed forces
left, Simon Webb, Manuel Church, Daniel Smith, George Vassallo, Mark
Hayward, Stephen Peters, Gareth Jones, and Steve Parry.
Transport has been made an official bronze award member of the UK
Government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for its work
supporting former and current members of the armed forces.
scheme encourages employers to help the armed forces by employing
ex-defence personnel and support those who are already enlisted for
To be recognised by the government for the award, an employer must show a commitment to employing current or former members.
Transport currently employs 16 people who have served or still are
serving in the armed forces, 12 of who are bus drivers.
include Gareth Jones, a former member of the RAF police squadron and
veteran of the Northern Ireland conflict, who is projects manager at
the bus company.
He said: “The company is hugely proactive in
providing opportunities and support for those who have served in the
army and those who still are.
“It’s great therefore that this
commitment has been recognised by the organisers of the ERS. It is not
always easy to find career pathways when leaving the armed forces, but
Newport Transport is providing these opportunities.”
Pearson, Managing Director of Newport Transport, said: “We are very
honoured to have been recognised by the Defence Employer Recognition
Scheme in this way.
“As a company which prides itself on the
diversity of its workforce, we appreciate hugely the dedication and
experience of the men and women who work for Newport Transport from an
armed forces background. Like the rest of our staff, their work is
exemplary and their commitment to our customers is second to none.
are also very proud of our support of the Royal British Legion. We have
dedicated buses in our fleet in memory of those who have served this
country. This includes former employees of Newport Transport who sadly
lost their lives in the Great War. In memory of these fallen heroes,
five of our buses have their names bestowed upon them.
poppies that accompany their names will remain there until the 100th
anniversary of the end of the war in 2018. We are grateful to all of
those who have put the lives of the many before their own and will
continue to support former and current armed forces members in the
years to come.”
13/11/16 Neatebox inventor wants to help make journeys easier
Gavin Neate of Neatebox. Picture: Greg Macvean/TSPL
a road is the kind of everyday activity few people stop and think
about. But to those with a disability, the need to navigate busy
streets can often be a stressful and frustrating experience.
was through working with visually impaired people that Gavin Neate came
to realise pedestrian crossings could be a hindrance to their progress.
The device allows users to activate crossings with their phones. Picture: TSPL
solution, the Neatebox, allows users to activate a crossing via an
application in their mobile phone, eliminating the need to locate and
then press a button.
First unveiled in 2014, the invention
has since been installed at several locations across Edinburgh,
including outside the Scottish Parliament and opposite the NHS building
in Lauriston Place.
Neate, who is based in the capital, is in
talks with one local authority to install Neateboxes at every
pedestrian crossing in a medium-sized town.
“We’re not just talking about internet of things - we’re actually in the process of doing it,” Neate told The Scotsman.
an entire village or town is much easier than tackling an entire city
and its 900 crossings. There might only be ten crossings in a small
Neate’s firm belief is that technology can be used to
allow more disabled people to travel independently. The entrepreneur
spent 18 years training guide dog users after serving as an RAF police
He learned first hand the barriers many people face when outdoors.
see problems and find work-arounds,” he said. “I had experience of
clients struggling to reach crossing buttons and struggling to cross.
Even in the best case scenario, they’re off to the side or awkward to
“If you see that on a daily basis, you either accept it as the way things are, or you think of ways the problem can be solved.
“Nicola Sturgeon has spoken of her desire to see more people with disabilities being able to find work,” Neate continued.
first, employers must understand the needs of persons with
disabilities. Unless that person can get to work, under their own
steam, it’s kind of pointless.
“We want to help people to get to
work independently - without having a support worker with them, or
having to ask members of the public help you, or changing their route
to avoid a certain crossing.
“Neatebox helps someone who cannot
reach the button on a pedestrian crossing, But then it will also help
those carrying shopping, for example.
“Ultimately, what we’re
talking about is something that is totally inclusive. It can be used by
lots of different people - but there are some whose lives could be
Neate came up with his initial idea in 2006 and then spent several years developing it “during lunch breaks and after work”.
Support from Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise allowed Neate to form a company and go full-time with the project in 2014.
has since hired two members of staff after winning further funding, as
well as undertaking several paid trials of the Neatebox technology.
The product is now currently going through its certification process before it is sold on the open market.
country has woken up to the need for people with disabilities to be not
just included in society, but to enter the workforce as well,” he said.
“There’s no reason, if they can reach an office, they can’t be as productive as anyone else.”
A RAF Policewoman was one of the winners at the 'Women in Defence UK' inaugural awards at a ceremony held at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Headquarters.
Lt Harriet Tadikonda was one of 200 nominees across five different
categories that were whittled down via a stringent judging process
carried out by a variety of leaders from business, professional bodies
in Defence UK exists to promote the value of women across defence and
three finalists from each category attended the ceremony, but it was
Flt Lt Tadikonda’s efforts that saw her win the ‘Most Collaborative’
award as founder and director of the ‘One Voice Initiative’.This
brought every faith society across Defence together to form a
multi-faith and humanist choir in the name of co-operation and
August 2015, tri-service singers, four civilian choirs and the
musicians of the Band of the RAF Regiment all came together at RAF
Northolt to record the final movement of the five part symphony
composed by Flt Lt Harriet Tadikonda.
Path to Peace’, the One Voice Initiative’s single was formally released
at an event held at The International Anoopam Mission Temple in
December 2015, with the hard copies of the single selling out within
minutes of the launch and all proceeds donated to SSAFA – The Armed
receiving her award, Flt Lt Tadikonda said: “I have been extremely
fortunate to work alongside some extraordinary and visionary people on
the One Voice project. This award is devoted them and the utterly
inspiring servicewomen who were also nominated or won awards. There are
now an increasing number of women in high profile roles within the MOD
- it is an exciting time to be a woman working in defence.”