SPORTS stars Andrew Flintoff and Gary Lineker were caught up in a Taliban rocket panic during a visit to Afghanistan. They were meeting servicemen and women in a forces dining room at Kandahar air base when an alarm was sounded to warn of an imminent strike. The cricketer and ex-England striker were forced to scramble for cover under tables but the all-clear was sounded 30 seconds later. Ashes all-rounder Flintoff, 31, said: I thought it was a wind-up but then I saw everyone dive to the floor. It was scary. I have seen things over the past few days that will live with me for ever. Match of the Day host Lineker, 48, added: Hearing that alarm really brought home whats going on. You take your hat off to these guys here. The two were visit- ing Afghanistan to give a Pride of Britain award to Camp Bastions medical unit in honour of their vital work helping wounded British soldiers. The award was accepted by Corporal Holly Percival, 24, from Watford, Hertfordshire, on behalf of the front line combat medical teams. She explained to the sportsmen how she once came under fire from the Taliban for 26 hours. Cpl Percival said: They were firing off rocket-propelled grenades and setting off IEDs (improvised explosive devices). One guy lost a leg and others had blast injuries, gunshot wounds, heat injuries and broken legs. I was having to treat them while being shot at. Flintoff said of his close encoun- ter: Its been humbling and h a s p u t m y l i f e i n t o perspective. London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 25 THE MOMENT A SERGEANT GAVE BOTH BARRELS TO MINISTERS Flintoff and Lineker run for cover in Afghanistan A ROYAL Marine hanged himself after writing a suicide note which blamed his time in Afghanistan for his mental state. Dylan Kemp, 28, from Purley, south London, said his seven-month tour of duty had filled him with anger. He had not been in trouble with police before his service but since returning from Helmand province earlier this year he had been arrested over an alleged road-rage attack and last week was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Two days later he was dead. Today his comrades paid tribute to Marine Kemp, a bright and articulate rifleman in a close combat troop within 42 Commando. His unit lost four men. A friend revealed he had left a note blaming his experiences in battle. The friend said: [It] tipped him over the edge. His mental scars could not be healed. BY MARK BLUNDEN Marineblamedtourforsuicide 6min designer rip-offs seized A HAUL of fake designer clothes, sunglasses and handbags worth 6m has been seized from a warehouse in Gants Hill, north-east London. No arrests have been made and the goods, which are thought to be from China, will be destroyed. Cop sacked over City club death A CITY OF LONDON cop has been sacked for allegedly lying over a mans death in a bar fight. Adam Lowe, 28, of Sawbridgeworth, Herts, was suspended after the deathof Lee Cook at Alibi Bar in the City in July, 2007, but has now been fired. CO backs soldier who told Defence Secretary: We need more troops THE soldier who left Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth gobsmacked by saying more troops were needed on the ground has been backed by his commanding officer. Staff Sergeant Kim Hughes, 30, made the remark when replying to Mr Ainsworths question: What would you have more of today? His commanding officer, Major Eldon Millar, 35, said: We are stretched across Helmand. Mr Ainsworth and Home Secretary Alan Johnson are visiting troops in Afghanistan. Up front: Hughes, Ainsworth and Johnson in Afghanistan Scary: Lineker and Flintoff index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html