Member of the Armed Forces on Duty charged under the Official Secrets Act | UK News

Soldiers from the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Highland Gunners) on their parade ground to receive Operation Herrick medals for their recent tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Thomas Newsome will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (Image: PA)

A member of the armed forces on duty has been charged by the Counter-Terrorism Police with offenses under the Official Secrets Act.

Thomas Newsome, 36, was charged on Friday with offenses under Section 2 and Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1989.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

The Crown Prosecution Service alleges on April 17 that Newsome made “a harmful disclosure of defense-related information” in his possession “because of his position” without proper authority.

On April 18, he was said to have “because of his position as such having in his possession or control documents which he did not take sufficient care to prevent unauthorized disclosure of those documents as a person in his possession could reasonably be expected” .

Scotland Yard said Newsome was initially arrested on Tuesday and jailed under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday, allowing police to hold him until Saturday.

A Defense Department spokesman said: “We can confirm the arrest of a serving member of the armed forces.

“This matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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Justin Scaccy

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