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American airforce at Mildenhall shows its 'ability to react to a major crisis'

Crews in action refuelling Credit: RAF Mildenhall

In a week when concerns have been raised about the British military's ability to react to a major crisis, the United States Air Force in this region has been showing its own state of readiness.

The 100th Air Refuelling Wing which is based at Mildenhall provides inflight refuelling for all US and NATO forces in Europe and Africa.

The KC135 carries up to 30,000 gallons of aviation fuel.

"It takes a lot of planning, a lot of training, a lot of hard work, not only by the aircrews, but by the maintainers to have the aircraft ready to go and every organisation within the wing."

– Col Christopher Amrhein, Commander 100the Refueling Wing

Man held under Mental Health Act following airbase incident

A man arrested following an incident at the US airbase at Mildenhall in Suffolk has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Suffolk police say a 44-year-old man arrested in connection with an incident at the US airforce base at RAF Mildenhall on Monday has been detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The British man was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal damage.

Shots were fired by US service personnel and the airfield put on lockdown after reports of a disturbance.

Superintendent Kim Warner, of Suffolk Police, said a vehicle failed to follow security directions at the entrance and drove on to the base.

There was a "short pursuit" and the vehicle was stopped by US security services, he said.

Police say incident at RAF Mildenhall was not terrorist related

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Police say an incident at RAF Mildenhall is not being treated as terrorism.

A 44-year-old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The man, who suffered cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody. Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

RAF Mildenhall went into lock down after the incident.

Suffolk Police say the incident remains an active police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going.

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Five-year-old Jay's dream trip with the US airforce

Jay Martin, 5, on a VIP trip to the US Airforce in Mildenhall, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A five-year-old boy from Isleham in Cambridgeshire has had his dream come true after spending a day as a US airpilot at RAF Mildenhall.

Jay Martin was diagnosed with brain cancer in January.

He's still undergoing chemotherapy, but that's not stopping him getting through his bucket list.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Merger of two Suffolk councils under consideration

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council are considering a merger. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Proposals to merge two West Suffolk councils which cover Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall are being discussed today.

The Leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council say joining together would give them more financial stability.

The councils already share some resources, and have saved £4 four million annually.

The merger could see just one leader and one cabinet running services across the districts, which also cover Haverhill and Newmarket.

The two councils already share some resources. Credit: ITV News Anglia

We already work closely but this could enable us to be both stronger together and more fleet of foot, to grasp commercial opportunities to further benefit our communities, deliver housing and talk to big business and Government.

– Cllr John Griffiths, Leader, St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Residents do not care what logo is on their bin but that we continue to empty them in the most cost effective way.

At the same time they want us to fight their corner nationally to make sure we get the best deal from Government.

– Cllr James Waters, Leader, Forest Heath District Council
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