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Police are investigating the alleged theft by a travel company of tens of thousands of pounds from a charity for injured veterans founded by Special Forces servicemen.
The charity, Pilgrim Bandits, had paid Black Tip Travel Ltd for flights with the Emirates airline to New Zealand for a fundraising cycle ride.
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Among those on the trip was Britain’s most injured serviceman, Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, a double amputee who is still serving with the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.
The veterans taking part in the ride were told only two days before they were due to fly out in October that the tickets for the 22-strong party had not been booked, despite the charity having paid for them weeks in advance.
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Black Tip Travel, based in Tonbridge, denies any wrongdoing and says it was unable to provide the tickets because of ‘simple errors’.
Kent Police have confirmed they are investigating the allegations of theft.
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L/Bdr Parkinson, 34, was injured in Afghanistan in 2006 when his Land Rover went over an...
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