British troops sleep under tarpaulin sheets after barracks ceiling collapses

Troops at one of Britain’s biggest barracks are sleeping under tarpaulin sheets and soldiers at a second base have been besieged by a plague of rats.

The squalid conditions exist at Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire and St David’s Barracks in Oxfordshire. 

At Tidworth, where conditions have been likened to ‘a disaster zone in a Third World country’, up to a dozen soldiers on guard duty have spent weeks under plastic since the collapse of ceilings in their accommodation block.

At Tidworth (pictured), where conditions have been likened to ‘a disaster zone in a Third World country’, up to a dozen soldiers on guard duty have spent weeks under plastic since the collapse of ceilings in their accommodation block

At Tidworth (pictured), where conditions have been likened to ‘a disaster zone in a Third World country’, up to a dozen soldiers on guard duty have spent weeks under plastic since the collapse of ceilings in their accommodation block

Despite requests to senior officers, repairs to the ceilings that collapsed following heavy rain in July have yet to begin.

On its website, Tidworth’s commander Lieutenant Colonel James Balls boasts that ‘the garrison has achieved excellence amongst the Army’s garrisons and stations’.

Large areas of St David’s Barracks, including the kitchens, have been ruled out of bounds as a result of the rat infestation. It is believed that hundreds of rodents were driven above ground by recent construction work near the base of the Royal Logistics Corps in Bicester.

Soldiers have been ordered to keep doors and windows shut to

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