Serving member of UK army charged under Official Secrets Act

22 April 2023, 08:42 | Updated: 22 April 2023, 10:57

A serving member of the armed forces has been charged by counter-terrorism police
A serving member of the armed forces has been charged by counter-terrorism police. Picture: Getty (stock)
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

A serving member of the UK armed forces has been charged with offences under the Official Secrets Act.

It follows an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, Scotland Yard said.

Thomas Newsome, 36, a serving member of the armed forces, has been charged.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police said he was initially arrested on Tuesday and detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

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A warrant of further detention was obtained on Thursday, allowing police to detain him until Saturday.

On April 18, the CPS alleges he "had in his possession or under his control, by virtue of his position as such, documents which he failed to take such care of as to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of those documents as a person in his position may reasonably be expected to take".

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "We can confirm the arrest of a serving member of the armed forces.

"This matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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