The British Ministry of Defence has said that a laptop computer has been stolen from the Minister in charge of Britain's nuclear secrets. A thief broke into the home of Armed Forces Minister, John Spellar, in Bromley, Kent on March 25. The burglar stole a laptop computer, but left the ministerial "red boxes" containing potentially sensitive defence information. A military spokesman said that the computer only held information concerning Mr Spellar's local parliamentary constituency.
In late March, an MI6 secret service agent left his portable computer full of confidential information in a taxicab after an evening spent in a bar. That computer was recovered. In May, a high-ranking marine officer had his portable computer stolen, with sensitive information stored in it, stolen on a train. That computer was also recovered. Another secret services laptop computer stolen in early March from Paddington Station in London was never found.