MP's praise for military police officer's vital work
A NEATH MP has praised a military policewoman after she arrested a record 17 Taliban in a day.
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain, who also represents the town, has sent a letter to Lance Corporal Sophia Turner, following her achievement in Afghanistan.
The 20-year-old, from Seven Sisters, made the arrests on a patrol close to Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province.
Her mum Wendy Phillips, 43, said her daughter was a credit to the family but added she would not have been able to make the arrests if it hadn't been for the soldiers around her.
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MP Mr Hain congratulated the lance corporal on her actions.
In a letter to her, he said: "Congratulations on your recent fantastic achievement arresting 17 Taliban in Afghanistan.
"I called at your home in Seven Sisters recently to congratulate your family who are deeply proud of you.
"The job you do in the Royal Military Police is of vital importance especially as it is undertaken in such dangerous surroundings.
"You are a credit to your family, your friends and your community.
"We are all proud of you."
The Royal Military Police officer is serving with 156 Provost Company, attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade, in Afghanistan.
She arrested the 17 insurgents, who were wearing stolen Afghan National Police (ANP) uniforms and were also driving a stolen police vehicle.
It also emerged that they were carrying a vast haul of weapons, ammunition and bomb-making equipment.