Too bad to check: Disabled British vets jeered at swimming pool

Not the first we’ve heard of British soldiers being received coolly at home. Some examples are benign, some less so, but this one…

It can’t be true. Can it?

Injured soldiers who lost their limbs fighting for their country have been driven from a swimming pool training session by jeering members of the public…

The unpleasant scenes broke out at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey when the wounded veterans, who are at Headley Court Military Hospital, had to use the 25-metre public pool because the hydro-pool at the defence rehabilitation centre is not big enough for swimming.

The servicemen were about to begin their weekly swimming therapy in closed-off lanes when they were verbally abused by the swimmers.

One woman in her 30s was said to be infuriated by the lane closures saying the soldiers did not deserve to be there when she had paid.

It was also reported that others complained that limbless servicemen were scaring children at the centre.

The atmosphere was said to be so tense that the soldiers’ instructors removed them.

Update: The Daily Mail is reporting it too. Good lord.