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Sailor warns of Trident 'disaster'

Issue No. 2454

A Royal Navy sailor has warned that the Trident missile system is a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Able Seaman William McNeilly posted a lengthy online dossier making a series of claims about the submarine programme.

He handed himself over to police on Tuesday of this week after going on the run.

McNeilly is an engineering technician who was on patrol with HMS Victorious this year.

The submarine is one of four based on the Clyde in Scotland that are armed with the Trident missile system.

McNeilly claimed there are fire risks and leaks on board.

He said, “My information comes from good sources and I have no reason to lie. 

“If change isn’t made, a nuclear catastrophe almost certainly will happen.”

McNeilly could face prison after handing himself in. He said, “Unfortunately that’s the world we live in. 

“But I have no regrets.”

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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