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DIO competition to win €500 Media Markt voucher

Enter to win a Media Markt voucherDIO Utilities and Babcock are committed to reducing utilities consumption.

As part of that commitment DIO Utilities is holding an Energy Saving Idea Competition to promote energy savings throughout BFG.

Look around at your surroundings: what could you do that could make energy savings in your workplace/ home?

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New twist in Katrice case

Detectives from the Royal Military Police want to identify the man in this e-fit in a bid to solve the 35-year-old mystery of missing toddler Katrice Lee.

The daughter of a British Army sergeant vanished on her second birthday – 
November 28, 1981 – from a NAAFI store in Schloß Neuhaus near Paderborn, where dad Richard was serving.

Now military police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the case.

Operation Bute is a fresh investigation and the Royal Military Police is carefully reviewing all evidence in relation to the disappearance of Katrice Lee in conjunction with new evidence received. 

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Respects paid

A penniless former British soldier was saved from a pauper’s grave when current and past members of his old cavalry regiment clubbed together to pay for a decent funeral, which took place near Papenburg last Saturday.

Michael Moffat died in hospital in northern Germany on January 22 aged 57 following a series of health issues that had left him wheelchair-bound. He was estranged from his family and living on state benefits at the time.

Mr Moffat served with 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards – nickname The Skins – from 1975 to 1992 and was based in Osnabrück, Tidworth and lastly in Paderborn.

The twice divorced father of two was a proud ex-sergeant who lived alone in the village of Heede and declined any help offered him.

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Fifty Shades of Blue

In the midst of the Swinging Sixties, the British Army was having a bit of a recruitment problem as long haired youngsters failed to find Service life groovy.

So in an effort to show potential recruits there was more to soldiering than ‘square-bashing and Brasso’, the order went out in 1967 to hold the first – and only – Army Beat Group Competition.

Four young soldiers from Detmold-based 20th Armoured Brigade who two years earlier had formed a rock band called Shades of Blue, entered and won the music talent contest – with two self-penned numbers. 

Five decades on and the original members of the band dubbed the Detmold Fab Four are reuniting on April 20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day they scooped the winners’ trophy.

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