FOUR Yorkshire soldiers will appear before a court martial today accused of smuggling guns out of Iraq to trade for drugs and cash.
Lance Cpls Ross Phillips, Ben Whitfield and Shaun Campbell and Pte Shane Pleasant will appear before the military court at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
The soldiers, from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment), are accused of smuggling arms out of Iraq to sell for drugs and cash.
The Yorkshire Regiment, nicknamed the Yorkshire Warriors, is an armoured infantry regiment based in Warminster. It completed a tour of duty in Iraq last year.
It was formed in June with the merger of The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, The Green Howards, and their respective Territorial Army elements.
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment has historically recruited many of its soldiers from Huddersfield and Halifax.
Five other soldiers are due to appear at Catterick Garrison early next year in connection with the charges.