A restricted internal Ministry of Defence report has strongly criticised an investigation into major security lapses at a secret nuclear weapons site. The report was produced following an investigation into allegations that MoD police officers protecting the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s site at Burghfield, Berkshire, where the warheads for the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent are assembled and maintained, were failing to conduct routine patrols and sleeping on the job. It suggests that junior staff were made scapegoats for the lapses while senior managers avoided sanction and remained in their posts. After the authorities were alerted by a whistleblower in 2013, the MoD claimed that “at no point was the security of the site or its nuclear assets compromised”. It set up Operation Pease, conducted by the MoD police force’s professional standards department, to investigate the incident.
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