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First Sikh Guardsman Faces Being Kicked Out Of The Army After Testing Positive For Cocaine

The first Sikh Guardsman to wear a turban at Trooping the Colour, earlier this year, faces losing his job after testing positive for cocaine.

First Sikh Guardsman Faces Being Kicked Out Of The Army After Testing Positive For Cocaine

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Rather than wearing the traditional bearskin, Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, went viral for wearing the traditional Sikh headdress at the Queen's birthday, in June.

During a random drugs test at his barracks last week, he failed - leading to insiders claiming he registered "high levels" of cocaine.

A source, said: "Guardsman Lall has been discussing it openly in the barracks. The Guards carry out public duties at the Palace, it's disgraceful behaviour.

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"It is for his commanding officer to decide if he gets the boot - but anyone caught taking Class A drugs can expect to be dismissed.

 

"Everyone's shocked. He was put in the limelight and now he's brought only embarrassment."

Lall is one of three soldiers who failed a test at Windsor's Victoria Barracks only months after making history at Trooping the Colour.

After Trooping the Colour in his turban Lall spoke of the immense pride he felt due to the historic moment.

He said: "I keep getting messages from people saying how proud everyone is of me - from Dubai, Australia, Canada, Japan and China. It is a change in history and I feel really proud I got to be the first one."

Though he was born in Punjab, in India, Lall moved to the UK as a baby and joined the Army in January 2016.

Brigadier Christopher Coles, Head of Army Personnel Services Group said: "I can confirm a number of soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are under investigation for alleged drugs misuse.

"Those caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged."

Each year the Trooping the Colour marks the Queen's birthday and sees over 1000 soldiers take part, with around 400 musicians and 200 horses. The colour being paraded this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, of which Lall is part of.