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US warplanes on the move

F15 aircraft at Lakenheath Credit: ITV Anglia

American warplanes based at Lakenheath in Suffolk are moving to the nearby base at Mildenhall today.

An F15 takes off from Lakenheath Credit: ITV Anglia

Twelve F-15 fighter aircraft will be re-locating while the runway at Lakenheath is repaired. It's due to re-open in October.

American fighters moved to Mildenhall

American F-15 fighter.

American F-15 fighters normally based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk have been moved to the nearby airbase at Mildenhall while runway repairs are carried out.

From September 13th, 12 of the all-weather tactical fighters will be based at Mildenhall for two and a half weeks. The USAF say a minimal number of missions will be flown unless they are absolutely essential and Mildenhall's noise restrictions will be applied.

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Police hunt burglar who stole rings and cash

Police have issued a picture of two rings stolen in a burglary in Mildenhall, Suffolk Credit: Suffolk Police

Police in Suffolk have issued a picture of jewellery stolen in a burglary in Mildenhall.

The raid happened some time on Sunday night into the early hours of Monday when a wallet and jewellery was stolen from the front room.

The items stolen were a gold wedding band with "Forever J" engraved inside, a gold ring with a heart shaped ruby and diamonds either side, a gold necklace with a cross, a white gold engagement ring with a diamond and a man’s leather wallet and contents.

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact Suffolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Security alert at US Air Force base in Suffolk

A tradesman unwittingly sparked a security alert at a US Air Force base in Suffolk. The main gate at RAF Mildenhall was closed for more than two hours after a sniffer dog alerted security staff about a van entering the base.

It is thought an old munitions case being used as a toolbox in the van might have been to blame. After a search the van was declared safe.

Tributes paid to airman killed in collision

Staff Sgt. Anderson Johnson Credit: RAF Mildenhall

The family of an airman killed in a collision outside Newmarket in Suffolk have paid tribute to him.

Staff Sgt Anderson Johnson was stationed at RAF Mildenhall with the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron. The 24-year-old from Texas was killed when his car crashed into a tree at about 2am on July 28.

In a statement his family said he had a smile "like the sun". They said "his laughter was contagious and his cheek bones reached the clouds... He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, family member... We want to thank all of you for taking care of him and loving him while he was with you."

Johnson is survived by his wife, Markeah Johnson, his parents, Anderson Johnson III and Margarita Tedder, and his siblings Tashica Johnson and Dominque Tedder.

Music speaks volumes for choir of disabled people

It's said that music is the universal language so it can be a precious connection to the world when you have difficulty communicating.

Now Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - has helped a young woman from Mildenhall in Suffolk set out to make connections to those around her with a few songs.

16-year-old Courtney Reeve has set up a choir for people with disabilities.

Click below to watch Courtney's film and click here to find out more about Fixers.

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Pensioner told to tidy his wife's grave

Barrie Gardiner attending his wife's grave Credit: ITV Anglia

A widower from Suffolk says he isn't being allowed to grieve for his wife because of council regulations.

Barrie Gardiner from Mildenhall wants to be allowed to keep flowers and ornaments on her grave but has been told to move them.

The cemetery is maintained by the local council who want to keep it tidy and formal

Barrie says all he wants is to grieve his wife in the only way he knows how.

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