RAF lay off staff after allegations of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ by Red Arrows members

RAF lay off staff after allegations of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ by Red Arrows members
RAF lay off staff after allegations of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ by Red Arrows members

The Royal Air Force said it had made staff redundant following allegations by members of the Red Arrows.

In a statement, the RAF said the action was the result of an investigation which revealed “a wide range of unacceptable behaviour” within the aerobatic display team.

He said “several” personnel were investigated, with a range of results “up to and including RAF dismissals”.

In August, the RAF chief pledged to answer “legitimate questions” raised about allegations of sexual harassment and bullying within the Red Arrows, as well as a number of other issues.

It was a response to a story in The Sun and The Times newspapers about a “toxic culture” in the aerobatic display team.

Both newspapers reported the departure of two of the team’s nine pilots, revealing that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston had launched an investigation in December, which documented allegations of bullying, misogyny and sexual harassment.

More than 40 personnel testified, including young female recruits.

The RAF said on Friday: “The Special Investigations branch of RAF Police have investigated specific allegations and although there have been no criminal cases to respond to, we are continuing to examine the circumstances which led to led to the investigation.

“To date, several RAF personnel have been investigated as part of the RAF’s major administrative action proceedings.

“These investigations led to a range of results up to and including RAF dismissals.”

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He said the investigation resulted in a number of recommendations, many of which have already been implemented, while others are “being pursued on a priority basis”.

The team received “extensive training on unacceptable behaviors and ‘Walk On By’ cultures,” he added.

“The RAF commends the actions of all those who have come forward to provide the inquiry and subsequent inquiries with their evidence.

“It is important that unacceptable behaviors are denounced and reported everywhere and at all times.

“We take all allegations of unacceptable behavior very seriously and will continue to take decisive action against anyone who fails to meet our high standards, in accordance with the Department of Defense’s zero tolerance policy.”

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