RETIRED army officers set up a controversial deal to supply the Royal Marines with £40 million-worth of Hello Kitty accessories.
The former officers exploited their connections in the trinket industry to provide regiments with stationery sets, diaries and purses.
But Joseph Turner, of Janes Defence Weekly, said: Although charming, a Hello Kitty tricycle offers almost no protection against a 2,000lb roadside bomb packed with ball bearings.”
Royal Marine Tom Logan added: On our last tour of Helmand Province we got sent a crate of DVDs called Hello Kitty and Friends. The lads thought it might be porno, but it turned out to be about a small white cat and a rabbit having an adventure in space.”