Trident whistleblower McNeilly hands himself in

One of the Royal Navy's 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarines

A submariner from Co Antrim who made claims about the safety of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons remained in Royal Navy Police custody last night.

Able Seaman William McNeilly (25) was detained at Edinburgh Airport on Monday night after handing himself in to police on his return to the UK.

He was last night being questioned about breaches of the Official Secrets Act and deserting his position, going absent without leave.

The MoD said Mr McNeilly was "apprehended" by Royal Navy Police at the airport and was being held at a military site in Scotland.

McNeilly, who is originally from Newtownabbey, published an online dossier of safety and security concerns.

The 18-page report contained a series of allegations about the Trident submarines based at Faslane on the Clyde in Scotland.

His report, which was also sent to newspapers and journalists, alleged 30 safety and security flaws, describing them as a "disaster waiting to happen".

The engineering technician wrote: "Our nuclear weapons are a target that's wide open to attack. It is just a matter of time before we're infiltrated by a psychopath or terrorist."

A Facebook post understood to be from Mr McNeilly's brother Aaron Lewis said he had handed himself in to authorities in Scotland, adding: "My brother is safe and well".

Asked where his brother is, he replied: "He handed himself in last night (Monday). Scotland at the minute".

Mr Lewis said before his brother had handed himself he had "moved between countries, changed location almost every day", but now "lacks the resources to remain undetected".


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