Trident submarine whistleblower to turn himself in to police

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A Royal Navy submariner who exposed a catalogue of alleged security failings around the Trident nuclear programme is facing jail after promising to hand himself in to police on Monday.

Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after claiming that Britain’s nuclear deterrent was a “disaster waiting to happen” in a report detailing 30 alleged safety and security breaches.

He wrote that security lapses at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde, where he is based, meant it was only “a matter of time before we’re infiltrated by a psychopath or a terrorist”.

Brendan O’Hara, the new SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, which includes the Faslane base, said that he would be writing to the defence secretary Michael Fallon to call for an immediate inquiry in McNeilly’s claims.

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