UK Troops On Alert As Russian Journalist Is Caught Filming Near Top Secret Military Base

UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson has called on the public to report suspicious activity near military sites after a Russian TV crew prompted an alert at an Army base.

Williamson issued the warning after Timur Siraziev, of Channel One, a funded state media outlet generally associated with pro-Kremlin "fake news", was seen outside 77 Brigade's Berkshire base, the Mail on Sunday reported.

The top secret Army unit works alongside MI5, MI6 and the SAS in electronic and psychological warfare.

An Army source said: "Timur Siraziev's suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base's security systems."

According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Siraziev was seen with a cameraman repeatedly passing the barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire on the afternoon of 21 November.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "We take the security of our bases and personnel incredibly seriously.

"If a member of the public sees anyone acting suspiciously in or around a military base it should be reported to the police as a matter of urgency."

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A top-level security alert has been issued at every military base in Britain, with troops having been given Siraziev's details.

With UK-Russian relations frosty in the wake of the Salisbury Novichok poisoning, GCHQ chief Jeremy Fleming warned earlier this year that Moscow posed a "real and active" threat to the international community.

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