Whittington ranges – cash crisis?

Whittington ranges cannot be used because the cash has run out, it is claimed.

It seems the money set aside to complete safety work on the site has all been spent.

Whittington ranges§

The ranges had become a target for alcohol fuelled criminality.

Meanwhile, the army is upsetting people by barring the way to disabled horse riders wanting to cross the land.

The cash crisis allegation seemingly confirms rumours of cock-ups in the military’s effort to get soldiers shooting again at the site, off Common Lane.

Oops!

It was claimed last year the new bullet-catching banks behind the targets had been put in the wrong place.

It was said the massive traps were like a ‘layer cake’ made up of frames piled on top of each other with a gigantic filling of sand – moving them would be a frighteningly expensive nightmare.

Although it was said they were only slightly out of position, it was claimed they would have to be shifted to ensure no stray bullets went whizzing over the top.

Look out!

Whittington ranges.

Padlocked gates did not even slow down the thieves.

But while the army cannot catch its bullets, it is doing a grand job of stopping disabled horse riders.

People among Whittington’s equestrian community are up in arms over gates that have been put in the way of riders wanting to use a bridleway that crosses the ranges.

The gates serve no apparent purpose, which has led to claims that the army’s real intention is to eventually permanently bar the public from Whittington ranges, including the bridleway.

Counter attack

All the efforts made by residents to tie the gates open have been immediately undone.

The gates do not hinder walkers.  But it is claimed they are dangerous for people on horseback, especially disabled riders who cannot open them from the saddle.

An MoD spokesperson said he could not respond to any claims because their press officers were away – answers would be provided next week.

Whittington Ranges

Whittington ranges

Range storeroom doors were smashed off their hinges.

For generations the residents of Whittington have been free to enjoy the ranges and in return they have been the army’s eyes and ears.

Their reports have helped the military fend off thieves, arsonists, vandals, badger baiters, stalkers and poachers.

But in recent years the shift has been towards keeping people off the land, which then increasingly became a magnet for crooks.

Crime central

When thieves began using the insecure and unguarded land as an access route to people’s property local residents were in for a surprise.

In the third of a series of attacks in as many months, outbuildings were ransacked by crooks who drove their truck across the MoD’s land, slicing off locks and smashing down fences as they went.

The victim claimed that when he tried to complain a guard told him it was policy never to challenge anyone found on the ranges.

@**& you!

Whittington ranges.

No one challenged criminals who smashed through fences and then drove off with thousands of pounds worth of equipment.

When a local publication highlighted the issue its editor received a phone call from a man saying he was, Paul Evans, a manager for the civilian company responsible for the site.

‘Paul Evans’, hurled an unbroken torrent of foul-mouthed abuse and false accusations at the journalist.

A person from Whittingon Barracks later rang the editor and confirmed Evans’ identity.

Who?

But then the MoD claimed it had never heard of him.

Further attempts get to bottom of what was going on were met with a deafening silence.


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