Top army bomb squad officer quits

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The Army’s top bomb disposal officer has resigned, the MoD has said.

The BBC understands from army sources Colonel Bob Seddon resigned over fears that the future training of such experts may be compromised.

Colonel Bob Seddon held the post of principal ammunition technical officer for the Royal Logistics Corps.

An Army spokesman said he would be leaving the service in January and that it "remains committed to the counter improvised explosive device effort".

In an interview to be broadcast on Monday with the BBC’s Panorama, Col Seddon said he was concerned about the impact on his team of a shortage of soldiers trained to defuse homemade explosives.

He also said he is also worried about the length of tours and the lack of rest for his elite unit.

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