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Spalding plane crash: Eye witness describes how she saw plane "spiralling to the ground"

An eye witness has described the moment she saw a US fighter jet plummet to the ground in a field near Spalding today.

Luckily, the pilot managed to eject himself to safety before the plane hit the ground.

The plane, from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, was taking part in a combat training mission.

The incident happened in Broadgate, Weston Hills, shortly after 3.30pm.

"I heard the noise first, saw the pilot eject, and the plane was spiralling.

It was really scary and I was quite worried because it was so close to homes."

– Julie Cosman, Eye Witness


RAF Lakenheath pilot escapes injury in Lincolnshire plane crash

A pilot involved in a plane crash near Spalding this afternoon has escaped with minor injuries.

The military plane came down in Broadgate, Weston Hills, shortly after 3.30pm.

The jet was an F-15 from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

A spokesman for RAF Lakenheath confirmed that the pilot successfully ejected from the plane and is safe and well.

US military jet comes down in field near Spalding

The plane came down this afternoon. Credit: Marcus Pell/Twitter

A US military jet, thought to an F-15, has crashed in a field near Spalding.

The plane came down in Broadgate, Weston Hills, shortly after 3.30pm.

Early indications suggest that the pilot is safe.

Members of the public are being advised to avoid the area as the fumes may be hazardous.

More details to follow.

New jobs for Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire MPs

The Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has been appointed a Home Office minister while the Grantham & Stamford MP Nick Boles is now the joint Minister of State at the Business and Education departments.

Mr Boles will have the implementation of equal marriage as part of his new brief. He was the junior minister in the Communities and Local Government minister.

Mr Penning was the Minister for Disabled People and has been a Northern Ireland minister and a Transport minister. He is a former firefighter.


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A great success: The vacuum cleaner still going strong after 78 years

An 82-year-old man from Holbeach near Peterborough has a vacuum cleaner that's almost as old as he is.

Bernard Storey got the 1936 Hoover from his late mother and he's still able to clean his carpets with it.

Bernard acquired it when his mother Emma passed away and she got it from a family she had worked for as a cleaner.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Thousands flock to Burghley House near Stamford to tackle the world's largest obstacle course

Around 6,000 people took part. Credit: PHA media

Around 6,000 people took part in the world's largest obstacle course near Stamford this weekend.

The grounds of the Burghley House country estate were transformed into the course.

The grounds of the Burghley House country estate was transformed into the course. Credit: PHA media

The 'Dirty Weekend' challenge was 20 miles long and had over 200 obstacles.

The world’s longest set of monkey bars and the world’s longest “cat crawl" were among the challenges on offer.

Coach examined after boy's fall

A nine-year-old boy in critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving coach in Norfolk may have been injured after a door opened suddenly, police have said.

The boy, who was returning to his home in Lincolnshire after playing in a tournament in Norfolk for Stamford Rugby Club, was hurt after the incident on the A47 near King's Lynn.

Norfolk Police confirmed the boy's father was travelling on board the 71-seater double-decker coach while his mother travelled in a car as part of the convoy.

The youngsters were travelling home after playing in a tournament at Holt Rugby Club in North Norfolk.

The coach is being held in a secure compound where it is being examined by police and officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

Inspector Chris Brooks said: "This is a very difficult time for the boy's family and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

"As a result of initial inquiries we know just prior to the incident that people were queuing for the toilet.

"Somehow, the door has opened and the boy has fallen from the moving coach.

"We will also be speaking to other people who were on board at the time of the incident and it would be inappropriate to speculate on possible causes at this stage."

The boy has been transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the serious collision investigation team at Norfolk Police on 101.

Winter Paralympic medallists talk about their achievements

Visually-impaired skier Jade Etherington, from Bourne near Peterborough, and her guide Caroline Powell, from Basildon, became the most successful British women in Winter Paralympic history when they won four medals at Sochi this month.

After being welcomed home by the Prime Minister at a reception at Downing Street today, they spoke to Jonathan and Becky about their achievements.

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