By Patrick Foster
February 18, 2009
Highly sensitive documents relating to the Iraq War have been stolen
after being left unguarded on a train by a lawyer working for the
Government, The Times has learnt.
The lawyer, who was working for the Treasury Solicitor's Department,
which provides legal services to central government offices, lost a
suitcase containing Ministry of Defence papers on Monday morning while
travelling on the Leeds to London train.
It is understood that the solicitor from Eversheds, a leading British
law firm, could not fit the case into the overhead storage space and had
instead stowed it in a baggage rack at the end of the carriage.
The lawyer noticed that the case was missing after the train's arrival
at King's Cross station and called police. It is not yet known whether
it was a targeted theft or the work of an opportunist thief.
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