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Six American fighter jets arrive at RAF Lakenheath for training

RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six F35-A Lightning II fighter jets are now stationed at RAF Lakenheath for the next few weeks.

USAF has sent its supersonic stealth fighters all the way from Utah to Suffolk - they'll be deployed from here on European training missions.

They are the world's most advanced warplanes. They are capable of speeds of more than 1200 mph and each one is worth £100 million.

Six jets will be based at Lakenheath Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Honoured to welcome F-35A to UK for first time. F-35 deployment will not only influence how we operate here at Lakenheath but also how our nations operate together".

– Commander of 48th FW Colonel Evan Pettus
A briefing on the arrival of the jets. Credit: ITV News Anglia

USAF Gen. Tod Wolters describes F-35 as a 'game changer' with 'unmatched lethality, survivability and interoperability'.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.


US fighter jets begin training at RAF Lakenheath

F-35A aircraft at RAF Lakenheath Credit: 48th Fighter Wing

Some of the US Air Force's most advanced fighter jets have landed at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

The F-35A aircraft arrived from Utah as part of a training mission with the RAF and other NATO forces.

If all goes to plan, two squadrons will be based here from 2021.

“This is an incredible opportunity for USAFE Airmen and our NATO allies to host this first overseas training deployment of the F-35A aircraft,” said Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

“As we and our joint F-35 partners bring this aircraft into our inventories, it’s important that we train together to integrate into a seamless team capable of defending the sovereignty of allied nations."

F-35A aircraft at RAF Lakenheath Credit: 48th Fighter Wing

Firefighters tackling major fire involving petrol tankers in Essex

Four fire crews have been sent to the site in Purfleet Credit: Cheryl Flack/Twitter

Police and firefighters are currently at the scene of a major fire in Purfleet.

Four crews were called to the blaze involving five fuel tankers on an industrial estate in Botany Way.

A number of specialist fire appliances including a Foam Lorry, Hose Layer and Water Bowser have been sent to tackle the fire.

The area has been sealed off by police.

Local residents have reported hearing a loud explosion.

Prisoner charged with attempted murder at Cambridgeshire jail

HMP Whitemoor, a maximum security prison for men in March, Cambridgeshire. Credit: PA

A prisoner has been charged with the attempted murder of an inmate at a prison in Cambridgeshire.

Kevin McCarthy, 49, is accused of seriously assaulting Damien Fowkes at HMP Whitemoor in March last October.

Fowkes was treated for life threatening injuries to his neck in hospital.

The 41-year-old is serving a life sentence for the attempted murder of Soham killer Ian Huntley and the manslaughter of paedophile and child-killer Colin Hatch.

McCarthy has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court tomorrow.


Iconic Tower of London poppy sculpture visits Southend

Millions of people flocked to the Tower of London to see the exhibit in 2014. Credit: PA

The iconic poppy sculpture that went on display at the Tower of London in 2014 is coming to Southend.

People will be able to see it at the Barge Pier in Shoeburyness from this week until June.

Southend was chosen because it was one of the first town's in the country to be targeted by German Zeppelin airships in the First World War.

The sculpture will be on show until 25 June.

Free rail travel for police officers attending terror attack PC's funeral

PC Keith Palmer was killed in the terrorist attack at Westminster.

Police officers from the region attending the funeral of PC Keith Palmer will get free rail travel with Greater Anglia.

PC Palmer was killed in the terror attack at Westminster last month. He was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament.

His funeral will take place on Monday, April 10, in London. Anyone with a valid warrant or ID card will be able to claim a return ticket from any station on the Greater Anglia network.

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