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Six American fighter jets arrive at RAF Lakenheath for training

RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six F35-A Lightning II fighter jets are now stationed at RAF Lakenheath for the next few weeks.

USAF has sent its supersonic stealth fighters all the way from Utah to Suffolk - they'll be deployed from here on European training missions.

They are the world's most advanced warplanes. They are capable of speeds of more than 1200 mph and each one is worth £100 million.

Six jets will be based at Lakenheath Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Honoured to welcome F-35A to UK for first time. F-35 deployment will not only influence how we operate here at Lakenheath but also how our nations operate together".

– Commander of 48th FW Colonel Evan Pettus
A briefing on the arrival of the jets. Credit: ITV News Anglia

USAF Gen. Tod Wolters describes F-35 as a 'game changer' with 'unmatched lethality, survivability and interoperability'.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

Man killed in Lakenheath road crash named

Map showing where it happened.

A man who died following a serious road traffic collision between Lakenheath and Eriswell has been named by police.

Emergency services were called at 6.30am on Tuesday 7 June to reports of a three vehicle collision involving a Subaru Impreza, a Vauxhall Corsa and a Jeep Wrangler on The Street B1112 in Eriswell, approximately 300 yards south of the junction with Lords Walk.

Staff Sergeant Hunter Davis, aged 27, who was a member of the US Air Force based at RAF Mildenhall, died at the scene.


Man killed in Lakenheath road crash confirmed as RAF Mildenhall airman

Man who died in crash close to Lakenheath Village confirmed as Airman stationed at RAF Mildenhall.

An airman stationed at RAF Mildenhall was fatally injured in an accident this morning on B1112 between Eriswell and Lakenheath Village.

Suffolk Constabulary is currently investigating. We will release more information as it is available.

We ask that you respect the next of kin by not posting identifying information on social media.

Please remember to always leave extra time in your schedule when commuting in this area, and always drive safely.

– RAF Mildenhall

Man dies in Lakenheath serious crash

Map showing where it happened.

A man has died following a serious road traffic collision in Lakenheath this morning, Tuesday 7 June.

Emergency services were called at 6.30am to reports of a three vehicle crash on the B1112. A man driving one of the vehicles died at the scene.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting reference CAD 36 of 7 June.

Warning to drivers as emergency services attend serious collision in Lakenheath

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Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious collision on Lancewood Walk, Lakenheath in Suffolk.

Officers were called at around 6.30am today to reports of a collision between three vehicles.

Police, ambulance service and fire service are in attendance. The road at the junction of A1065 and B1112 is closed. Also, the A1101 towards Eriswell at Sparks Farm is closed.

Family's hopes for change after man dies from hernia complications

The family of a man from Lakenheath in Suffolk who died after a catalogue of errors in the lead up to his death, say they hope lessons will be learned.

39 year old Martin Denyer, who had learning difficulties, died from complications with a hernia. After the inquest into his death today his family said he was vulnerable and when he needed help he was let down.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.


Laser is pointed at jet as it comes into land at RAF Lakenheath

The laser was pointed at a jet like this one pictured here Credit: RAF Lakenheath

RAF Lakenheath has confirmed that a laser light was pointed at an F-15E Strike Eagle jet as it was coming into land at the Suffolk base.

A spokesperson told ITV News Anglia that it wasn't pointed directly into the pilot's eyes, but it did appear to be coming from the ground.

The aircrew saw what they recognised as a laser reflecting off the aircraft and The Ministry of Defence was notified immediately. A patrol was dispatched to the known incident location.

A jet on the runway at RAF Lakenheath Credit: RAF Lakenheath

"Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious risk to flight safety. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots while flying. The irresponsible or malicious use of lasers can threaten the lives of aircrew, passengers, and even individuals on the ground should it result in an aircraft crash. It is also a criminal offence."

– Spokesperson, RAF Lakenheath

Fighter jets from the East involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State

Fighter jets from the East of England have been involved in fresh airstrikes against Islamic State militants, in wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The Ministry of Defence said Tornado fighters from RAF Marham yesterday dropped a bomb killing a group of more than 30 militants who had opened fire on Kurds in northern Iraq.

The RAF jets also destroyed mortar positions and a hit a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire missile.

Fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall have also been involved in strikes in Syria since the Paris attacks.

Fighter jets from the East have been involved in fresh strikes against Islamic State militants. Credit: ITV Anglia

"The first flight used a Paveway bomb to destroy a mortar position which had opened fire on the Kurds. The following mission destroyed a heavy machine gun near Mosul with a Paveway IV, then proceeded west towards Sinjar.

"There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack, but, working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway on to a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective.

"The Tornado patrol then destroyed another Isil mortar position south-west of Sinjar."

– Ministry of Defence statement
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