Soldier ordered out of NI after joining loyalist band

24/09/2004 - 14:27:00

A British soldier has been given 10 days to get out of Northern Ireland after he joined a loyalist flute band, it was revealed today.

The Royal Irish Regiment corporal is under orders to return to his battalion in the Scottish Highlands.

UK military chiefs fear he could be exposed to paramilitaries if he stays at his base near Belfast. He cannot be named for security reasons, but the 39-year-old’s wife claimed they were being victimised over bullying allegations.

British counter intelligence officers were called in, however, after the soldier and his teenage son both joined the flute band in Lisburn, Co Antrim, earlier this year.

Ulster Defence Association men are suspected by the military of being among its members.

British army headquarters in Northern Ireland told the family they must rejoin their battalion in Inverness by the end of next week.

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