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Questions raised over future of RAF base

The future of the RAF base at Marham in Norfolk is being raised in Parliament.

Tornado warplanes are currently stationed there but they are due to be replaced by a new aircraft called the Joint Strike Fighter.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss is due to ask the Defence Secretary today for a commitment that Marham will remain open once the Tornado fleet is taken out of service and that the new JSF will be stationed there

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An RAF helicopter has made a forced landing in Northamptonshire

An RAF helicopter has made a forced landing in Northamptonshire
An RAF helicopter has made a forced landing in Northamptonshire Credit: Steph and Nick Awbery

An RAF helicopter has made a forced landing in the village of Stanwick in Northamptonshire. The Merlin helicopter landed in a field just after six this evening, after the crew detected a fault.

The Ministry of Defence say the aircraft will stay there overnight until the problem can be investigated in the morning.

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Community Covenant for armed forces

Community Covenant
Members of the armed forces will gather in Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the country's most senior armed forces commanders will be in Norfolk today to sign a new Community Covenant. Members of the Royal Navy, army and Royal Airforce will gather with community leaders to offer practical help to the county's military community.

More than 8,000 service personnel and their families live in Norfolk.

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