Some people are quite surprised by this. Some people think it is, or should be*, a reprehensible crime. I would quite like to see the stocks brought back and would be willing to travel to Bedworth and supply the local urchins with rotten fruit and out-of-date eggs.
Anyway, this deluded old fool (assuming he isn't a fraudster - in which case England has a perfectly good Fraud Act 2006 to wield) has done something objectionable (but no more so than playing rap music in public, for example), and has been arrested.
I bring to your notice Schedule 17 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (Repeals and Revocations):
Army Act 1955 (3 & 4 Eliz. 2 c. 18) The whole Act.
The MOD announced, in a Defence Internal Brief that "The Armed Forces Act 2006 will come into force on 31 October 2009" - I assume there is another enabling Statutory Instrument (there were 4 already by the end of March 09). There is no equivalent of the s197 offence in the new act.
? Or maybe Warwickshire are operating in a little time warp?
* Disclaimer - I know Adam - for a very weak (aka internet) definition of "know".