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Aircraft makes emergency landing in field

The French built Robin Major aircraft in a wheat field Credit: Rod Skeet

A light aircraft has made an emergency landing in a Suffolk wheat field.

The Robin Major, believed to have been built in the 1970s, came down near Wattisham.

Recovery teams must now decided how to get the aircraft out of the field Credit: Rod Skeet

There are no reports of any injuries. It's not yet known what caused the aircraft to come down.

Prince Harry to take on new military role

Prince Harry to take on new military role. Credit: PA Images

Prince Harry will take up a new military role organising major commemorative events involving the Army after completing his attachment with the Army Air Corps flying Apache helicopters from Wattisham in Suffolk.

The Prince, who has twice been deployed to Afghanistan, will become a Staff Officer at HQ London District, which organises ceremonial spectacles like Trooping the Colour and state visits.

Captain Wales, as he was known, had spent three and a half years in training and operations with the Apache Force, most of them based at Wattisham.

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New defence contract for Suffolk helicopters

A Wattisham based Apache attack helicopter Credit: ITV Anglia

Army commanders say a new contract to service attack helicopters based at Wattisham in Suffolk will save the tax payer millions of pounds.

The Apache fleet has seen extensive service in Afghanistan Credit: ITV Anglia

The Ministry of Defence has signed a six year deal which its says will simplify the supply chain and improve technical support for the Apache fleet.

Prince of Wales due to visit Suffolk airbase

Prince Charles to visit Suffolk

The Prince of Wales is due to visit RAF Wattisham in Suffolk later today to present service medals to soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

Prince Charles last visited the airbase two years ago. Around 40 army air corps personnel will be honoured by the Prince today before he moves on to Houghton Hall near King's Lynn to open an art exhibition.

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RAF search and rescue service to be run by US firm

Sea King helicopter Credit: PA

The region's only search and rescue helicopter base - at Wattisham in Suffolk - is to be axed after the service was privatised.

Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service, which employs the Duke of Cambridge, is to be run by Bristow Helicopters, the Government announced today.

The award of the £1.6 billion deal ends 70 years of a service run by the RAF and Royal Navy squadrons.

It also spells the end of the use of Sea King helicopters - flown by William - in search-and-rescue (SAR) work.

Under the new contract, 22 state-of-the-art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.

Prince Harry due back in Suffolk soon

Prince Harry is heading back for Suffolk after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prince Harry will arrive back in the UK later on Wednesday after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner left the war-torn country on Monday evening and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base, thought to be in Cyprus.

He is expected to land at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on a regular personnel flight before going with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters at Wattisham near Ipswich.

Harry is likely to have sunk his first beer in 20 weeks on the Mediterranean island, as troops are given four cans of lager to help unwind after an arduous tour in Helmand Province.

Suffolk prepares to welcome back Harry

Suffolk's preparing to welcome home its best known military man, as Prince Harry makes his way back from Afghanistan to his base at Wattisham.

The prince has given a frank interview on his role in the conflict, freely admitting he's used his Apache helicopter to kill Taliban forces, and saying sometimes you have to 'take a life to save a life'.

Some have criticised his comments, but in Suffolk they're proud of the young Royal.

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