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Viagra pills were among the £7m worth of items stolen from MoD property since 2007Reuters

Thousands of pounds worth of Viagra pills, live ammunition and 100 bayonets are some of the items stolen from the Ministry of Defence's military stock since 2007.

According to figures released by the MoD, items totalling more than £7m have been taken from the military premises, including a Bedford truck, an industrial washing machine and a £25,000 silver statue from the household Cavalry barracks in Knightsbridge.

The figures were released in response to a written parliamentary question by Tory MP Nick de Bois.

The MoD revealed that £5,800 worth of the anti-impotence Viagra pills were taken RAF Marham in Norfolk. The pills can also be used to treat low blood pressure and altitude sickness.

Other items taken from MoD sites include £7,000 worth of silver cutlery from Redford Cavalry and Infantry Barracks near Edinburgh, lead roofing, copper piping and radiators.

Defence minister Dr Andrew Murrison said: "The Ministry of Defence takes detecting and deterring fraud and theft seriously and set up a new counter fraud and loss department last year to improve the way fraud and theft is managed across defence, the aim being to minimise the losses from the defence budget from fraud, misappropriation and theft and thereby maximise the amount spent on our armed forces.

"The focus of this new department's work is to secure reduced losses caused by fraud, theft and loss, increased recovery through civil and internal procedures and the improved protection of assets through increased target hardening."

Between 2009 and 2010, nearly £2.5m worth of equipment was stolen, compared to just £816,906 in 2012-2013.