RAF warned not to wear their uniforms in public for fear of "verbal abuse"

Via JWF, first came Birmingham, then came Harrod’s, and now third time’s a charm.

Totally, completely, utterly unrelated to today’s Times Square bombing, I’m sure.

RAF personnel have been ordered not to wear their uniforms in public after incidents of verbal abuse on the streets…

The verbal attacks had come from a “cross-section” of the community, he added, and were believed to be linked to the RAF’s current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He stressed that the decision to prohibit uniforms in the city was a local one made by station commander Group Captain Atherton after she took advice from RAF police.

It ran counter to the general policy of allowing uniforms to be worn more widely, which followed the easing of tensions in Northern Ireland…

The uniform ban was imposed after Parviz Khan, from Birmingham, was jailed after he was recorded planning to kidnap and kill a British Army soldier.

That last part sounds conveniently tacked on to a broader-based problem. Could Harry’s service help with this problem, maybe? Or … will it actually exacerbate it?