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An attempt to smuggle more than two million cigarettes into the UK through the Port of Harwich has been halted by Border Force.
The seizure was made on Thursday 23 May when officers stopped a lorry containing a load of plastic tubs.
The tubs contained cartons of cigarettes hidden among plaster granules. An estimated 2.2 million cigarettes were seized.
Essex Police said the two men arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft are both British nationals.
The men, aged 30 and 41, are currently at a police station where they will be interviewed by detectives.
Essex Police said the plane that was diverted to Stansted Airport will remain at its current location until it is examined by forensic experts.
"At this point in time no suspicious items have been recovered", Superintendent Darrin Tomkins said.
"This incident is being treated as a criminal offence and remains under the direction of Essex Police", he added.
Essex Police said the Pakistan International Airlines plane that was diverted to Stansted Airport earlier today will be "subject to forensic examination by specialist officers":
A Pakistan International Airlines jet has been guided in to Stansted airport by an RAF Typhoon fighter after being diverted from Manchester because of disruption on board.
The passenger jet was taken to an area away from the main terminal and shortly before three o'clock on Friday afternoon, Essex Police boarded the Boeing 777 and arrested two men on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.
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Northampton Saints are preparing for their showpiece Premiership Final at Twickenham on Saturday.
Northampton are up against their fierce rivals Leicester, featuring Norfolk brothers Ben and Tom Youngs.
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Tourism, growers and other businesses are counting the cost of one of the coldest springs on record.
With just a few days to go before the end of May, the Anglia region has seen the coldest March to May since 1984.
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The East Anglian Air Ambulance has been given the go-ahead to start flying at night.
The charity, which covers, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk, started night flights this week after getting the final go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority.
It follows an 18-month campaign to be allowed to fly during the hours of darkness.
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Police have condemned as cowardly and disgraceful a petrol bomb attack on an Islamic centre in Bletchley.
It happened at 11.30 on Thursday night when a bottle full of flammable liquid was set alight and thrown onto the roof of the Granby Mosque on Peverell Drive.
Members of the mosque quickly extinguished the fire and prevented any significant damage. Police have praised their actions and are appealing for help to find the attackers.
With smart phones and computers, the days of carrying around photos are all but over but for a grandfather from Milton Keynes a snap of him in the Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War, was his pride and joy.
But time had taken its toll and it was fast becoming a faded memory, until Derek Withey's grandson, the world wide web and a good Samaritan stepped in.
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