Thinking of Syria? Cameron forgets official red box on train

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A red box allegedly containing significant documents belonging to Britain’s prime minister was left unattended on a train traveling from London to Edinburgh, media sources reported Monday.

A photograph on the Daily Mirror’s front page showed a red box case belonging to British Minister David Cameron left on his seat without supervision.


The absent-minded Cameron, who was on a trip to Scotland, walked away from his table leaving the red case with the key still in it.

The words “Prime Minister” were clearly seen on the bag, the newspaper said.

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The newspaper added that passengers were “honest” enough not to look into Cameron’s bag, adding that critics fear it might have contained crucial documents on secret military options on the Syrian conflict.

However, a Downing Street statement indicated that Cameron's security team was in place and the box was not unattended, according to The Associated Press.

In Britain, officials are discouraged to work on confidential documents while riding public transportation, the newspaper cited British politicians as saying.

If carrying such documentation is necessary, “they should be effectively disguised,” one official told the Daily Mirror.

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