Beefeaters accused of bullying first woman warder

Author: By Sam Marsden and Matt Dickinson, Press Association

Two Beefeaters have been suspended and a third is under investigation over the
alleged harassment of Moira Cameron.

Miss Cameron, 44, became the first female Yeoman Warder in the Tower’s
1,000-year history two years ago.

Tower authorities launched an internal investigation over the weekend of
October 24-25 in response to allegations of a number of specific instances
of harassment.

It is understood that one person has received a police caution for defacing
Miss Cameron’s entry on online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

Miss Cameron, from Argyll in Scotland, joined the Army at the age of 20 and
served in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer
Class 2.

She qualified to be a Yeoman Warder in July 2007 after completing the required
minimum 22 years in the armed forces.

Miss Cameron, who has 34 male Beefeater colleagues, revealed that not everyone
was welcoming when she started work at the Tower.

She said at the time: “I’ve had some comments. I had one chap at the gate one
day who said he was completely and utterly against me doing the job.

“I said to him ‘I would like to thank you for dismissing my 22 years’ service
in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces’.”

Her main duties are guarding the Tower – including the Crown Jewels – and
welcoming tourists.

The Tower of London said in a statement: “We can confirm that three Yeoman
Warders are under investigation in response to allegations of harassment.
Two have been suspended.

“We take such allegations very seriously and our formal harassment policy
makes it clear that this is totally unacceptable.

“We believe everyone is entitled to work in an environment free from any form
of harassment, a principle that we expect all our staff to value and uphold.

“As soon as these allegations were brought to our attention, we immediately
instigated procedures under our harassment policy.

“An internal investigation is already under way to establish whether these
allegations have any foundation and should conclude within two to three
weeks.

“Meanwhile, the Tower of London is a close-knit community and, understandably,
this is a difficult time for us all.”

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