#UK Red Arrows pilots given 'consent' training after claims of sexual assault and misogyny #UKnews

#UK Red Arrows pilots given ‘consent’ training after claims of sexual assault and misogyny #UKnews

#UK Red Arrows pilots given ‘consent’ training after claims of sexual assault and misogyny #UKnews

Pilots within the elite Red Arrows squadron have been given training on consent and ‘unacceptable behaviours’ after allegations emerged of sexual assault and misogyny throughout the unit. 

The training was delivered to the RAF’s aerobatic crew at RAF Scrampton and included the Red Arrows, the Ministry of Defence advised MailOnline. 

It comes simply days after 40 personnel from the crew gave greater than 250 hours of testimony to RAF bosses as half of a long-running investigation into the ‘poisonous’ unit.

The personnel included younger feminine recruits and the probe has revealed a number of allegations of sexism and sexual assault by pilots on the crew.

Two members of the nine-pilot squadron are at present on ‘different duties’ since allegations started to emerge. 

Flight Lieutenant Damon Green, who flew Red 8, left the crew for ‘private causes’ in January whereas Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge, who was Red 4, was suspended after allegedly having an affair with a junior feminine colleague.

He seems to have been suspended since at the least May, when he final shared footage of the Red Arrows on his social media.

Earlier this yr, a senior Red Arrows officer, Squadron Leader Nick Critchell, additionally resigned apparently in protest over the misconduct of his colleagues.

Other members of the squadron who’re accused of sexist behaviour are nonetheless understood to be serving.

The non-statutory inquiry has thus far documented at the least 13 alleged incidents of sexual harassment, assault and sexual assault, bullying, intimidation, indecent publicity, victimisation, ‘misunderstanding of consent’, misogyny and isolation. 

Flight Lieutenant Damon Green (pictured) left the team for 'personal reasons' in January

Flight Lieutenant Damon Green (pictured) left the crew for ‘private causes’ in January

Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge (pictured) was suspended after allegedly having an affair with a junior female colleague

Flight Lieutenant Will Cambridge (pictured) was suspended after allegedly having an affair with a junior feminine colleague

The Red Arrows are the RAF's most famous display team and is made up of nine pilots

The Red Arrows are the RAF’s most well-known show crew and is made up of 9 pilots

Multiple RAF items had been taught about unacceptable behaviours and being an energetic bystander at RAF Scampton, in Lincolnshire.

The training is alleged to be delivered all through the RAF, along with obligatory range and inclusivity training.

One nameless supply advised the Times {that a} lady was slapped on the behind by a member of the squadron, who mentioned ‘I can do what I like’ after she complained.

Pilots additionally allegedly obtained so drunk taking part in ‘Met roulette’, which concerned consuming closely in the event that they assume their flights can be called-off resulting from unhealthy climate, that they had been ‘fortunate’ if their air exhibits had been cancelled.

One feminine workers member mentioned: ‘The women who be a part of the squadron are principally thought of contemporary meat. All of [the men] are married and they simply do not depart them alone.

‘It’s a poisonous surroundings… It’s all males in senior positions. It is run by misogynistic white male blokes.’

A spokesperson for the RAF advised MailOnline: ‘The RAF has a zero tolerance strategy to unacceptable behaviour and takes motion wherever wrongdoing is confirmed.’

It comes after RAF boss Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, promised to ‘handle as a precedence’ considerations across the tradition of the service.

In an inside assertion despatched on Thursday, Sir Mike wrote: ‘You shall be nicely conscious of the continued deal with the Royal Air Force within the media and on social media, on a quantity of subjects, over the previous weeks.

‘I’m acutely aware that the protection impacts us all, whether or not common, reserve, civil servant, or contractor, in addition to our households and family members; and there are authentic questions being requested which I’m decided we are going to handle as a precedence.’

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston (pictured) has written a letter to all his personnel stating there are 'legitimate questions being asked'

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston (pictured) has written a letter to all his personnel stating there are ‘authentic questions being requested’

He added: ‘It is correct that when points are raised we take swift motion to handle them, and we proceed to attempt for an open and trustworthy reporting tradition throughout the service.

‘I thank all of you for the half you play in that, our commanders and line managers particularly.

‘If you could have a priority about a difficulty or danger that you simply consider contravenes the values and requirements of the service or the Civil Service Code, or exposes the organisation to important criticism or hurt, I encourage you to boost it via the proper channels, your chain of command within the first occasion or, if you happen to really feel unable to take action for any cause, by way of the MoD’s confidential helpline or the RAF Police.

‘Recent information protection has addressed our values and requirements, our tradition and behaviours, and our willpower to fulfill the MoD’s degree of ambition for range.

‘All of this would be the focus of an Air Force board assembly on September 7.

‘As a management crew, we’re clear that unacceptable behaviours don’t have any place in our service.’

The Chief of the Air Staff has invited defence ministers to the assembly on September 7 assembly to debate personnel coverage.

Sir Mike has additionally requested the division to help a assessment of RAF recruiting insurance policies, practices and course, which can search assurances on present and proposed recruiting practices.

He added: ‘Having the ministerial crew be a part of will allow us to set out the work we have now been doing to handle considerations on this space and additionally to debate how we progress towards an organisation that may draw from the widest potential pool of expertise.’

The Red Arrows, led by Tom Bould of Red 1, are the UK’s most well-known show crew and have had a packed summer season of performances, attracting tons of of hundreds of individuals.

But the unit was compelled to drag out of Sidmouth airshow yesterday resulting from ‘engineering points’.

Supervisor Graeme Muscat mentioned: ‘We are extraordinarily disenchanted and can solely apologise to everybody.’

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