UK: Iraq veterans driven out of public pool

24th November 2007

Soldiers who suffered appalling injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan were verbally abused as they swam in a public swimming pool.

During a weekly rehabilitation class at a council leisure centre, 15 servicemen – including several who have lost limbs or suffered severe burns – were heckled and jeered by members of the public.

One woman was so incensed that the troops were using the pool at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey that she told them they did not deserve to be there.

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Thankless: Veterans who risked their lives for their country have been jeered out of a public swimming pool because of their injuries. Prince Charles is pictured here meeting other injured soldiers