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Huge public search for airman Corrie McKeague

Search teams waiting to begin on Sunday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A huge search team including dogs and a drone are continuing the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The 23-year-old, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

It is thought he may have attempted to walk back to his barracks 10 miles away and extensive searches have been carried out along the route.

Airman Corrie McKeague has been missing since September. Credit: Facebook.

Today's search will focus on an area close to the Fiveways junction of the A11 near Mildenhall.

Mr McKeague's family, including his mother Nicola Urquhart, are among those searching along with 40 members of the public.

They will join the 60-strong search team from Suffolk Lowland Rescue Service as well as four search dogs trained to seek out human remains.

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Norfolk warplane films flood devastation

The Tornado reconnaissance aircraft prepares for take off Credit: Ministry of Defence

An RAF reconnaissance aircraft from Norfolk has captured aerial images of the floods in the Thames Valley.

The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham has produced detailed imagery which it is hoped will assist the planning and co-ordination of relief efforts.

Detailed low level photography gives a clear view of the flooding Credit: Ministry of Defence

The aircraft, operated by 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile Raptor - Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado - which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery.

The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities

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.

Coastline 'vulnerable' after after helicopter move

The RAF search and rescue helicopters flying out of Wattisham airfield in Suffolk have helped to save countless lives.

But from 2015 they will be no more. Instead a private firm will operate the service and the nearest base will be Kent.

The Government's signed a £1.6 billion deal, ending 70 years of search and rescue run by the RAF and Royal Navy and has handed the contract to the US based Bristow Group.

But as the coastguard stations at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Walton on the Naze in Essex both prepare for closure, there are concerns the move to relocate air support could leave our coastline vulnerable.

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