法新社╱張仲琬 2008-09-27 08:50
Thieves steal personal records from RAF base
2 hours, 48 minutes ago
LONDON (AFP) - The personal records of thousands of current and former Royal Air Force staff have been stolen, the British defence ministry confirmed Friday.
Thieves stole three portable hard drives from a "double-secured area" of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency at RAF Innsworth last week and police are now investigating the incident.
"We can confirm that an investigation is being conducted by the MOD Police, with the support of Gloucestershire Police into the apparent theft of three USB portable hard disc drives," a ministry spokesman said.
"We are taking this incident extremely seriously. In view of the ongoing nature of police enquiries, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
The data loss is the latest in a string of embarrassing such events -- earlier this month, a disc containing the personal details of 5,000 justice staff went missing.
Last November, the government admitted it had lost confidential records for 25 million Britons who receive child benefit payments, and in January, the defence ministry revealed that a laptop with details of some 600,000 people interested in joining the armed forces had been stolen from a naval officer.