A website set up last week to enable people to donate items to troops in the British Armed Forces, has shut down temporarily due to security concerns.
A message posted on the Kit 4 Troops website yesterday said: “Due to concerns expressed by the Ministry of Defence we are having to suspend the website.”
It is believed that the concerns revolve around the information that troops are required to give, such as unit, rank, location and home address, when they register for the site. Thirty-eight individual troops had registered since the launch.
Kit 4 Troops launched on 5 August, and allows troops to set up online ‘wish lists’ for supplies. People can then register as ‘supporters’ and donate items from the list, as well as send personal messages of encouragement.
According to the message on the site, in just 28 hours, supporters donated over £500 to purchase 16 items for the registered troops. The items, which include books, glasses and biscuits, are expected to be delivered from next week.
Kit 4 Troops was founded by Iraq War veteran Steve McGregor and Inaam Tahir, who run the website on a voluntary basis.
It is understood that the founders did not consult the MoD before launching the website. However, the MoD is now working with the site owners to ensure that the website functions without compromising the safety of troops. The Ministry insisted that it did not force the site owners to close the website.
Steve McGregor told the BBC’s Newsbeat website: "We're still not sure how to take the MoD's concerns. But our main interest is the troops' welfare."