Soldiers who suffered appalling injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan were verbally abused as they swam in a public swimming pool.There were several witnesses to the incident who didn't like the manner in which the vets were being treated.
During a weekly rehabilitation class at a council leisure centre, 15 servicemen – including several who have lost limbs or suffered severe burns – were heckled and jeered by members of the public.
One woman was so incensed that the troops were using the pool at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey that she told them they did not deserve to be there.
She became increasingly abusive, screaming that it was wrong for staff to rope off a lane exclusively for the injured personnel from the nearby Headley Court rehabilitation centre.
The swimmer, thought to be in her 30s, is understood to have said: "I pay to come here and swim – you lot don't."
Linda Sinclair, of Leatherhead, also witnessed the abuse.But did any one of them tell the abusive ingrates to sod off?
She said:"It was a few people that were complaining and it made me cross. I really felt for those soldiers."