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Council removes campers from resort car park

North East Lincolnshire Council is warning people not to set up unauthorised camps on public land in the area.

It comes after a number of campervans were reported to the Council for staying overnight in the Meridian car park in Cleethorpes.

Officers from the Council’s partner ENGIE visited the car park and served a ‘notice of direction’ under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 on the campervan owners.

The legal notice requires them to leave the site and prohibits them from returning to the land for three months.

The law allows the council to move people on when they set up camp on public land without permission.

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Sonic booms 'rare event' over land

Aviation expert Dr Stephen Wright from Leeds University says it is very rare to hear sonic booms because it is a criminal offence to fly at speeds greater than Mach 1 over land in the UK. Anyone who does this normally has to answer immediately to the Civil Aviation Authority with very good reasons as to why they broke the rules.

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Parents protest over changes to SATs tests

Thousands of primary school pupils across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against changes to SATs tests.

They say the tests, particularly for Year 2s, have become too hard and are causing the children stress.

Schoolchildren and parents stage a SATs protest outside Todmorden Town Hall

The government says it's made them more rigorous to improve standards.

The Department for Education is reminding parents they should only take their children out of school in exceptional circumstances.

Air France confirms radio communication problem caused RAF jets to be scrambled

Air France has confirmed that RAF jets were scrambled to escort one of their planes into Newcastle airport after a radio communication problem caused the flight to lose contact with ground control.

The jets broke the sound barrier as they flew to join the aircraft, causing a sonic boom which was heard across West, South and North Yorkshire.

Air France confirms that due to a radio communication problem, flight AF 1558 en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Newcastle and operated by CityJet had to be accompanied by two British fighter aircrafts according to the procedure. The aircraft landed normally in Newcastle at 22h20 (local time). The pilots and cabin crew are trained on a regular basis to deal with this type of incident. For Air France, the absolute priority is to maintain the safety of its clients at the highest level.

– Air France statement

Newcastle Airport confirm plane escorted in by Typhoon jets

Newcastle Airport Credit: ITV News

Newcastle Airport has confirmed that RAF aircraft escorted a flight operated with an Air France flight code, into the airport earlier this evening:

We can confirm flight AFR1558 from Paris, Charles De Gaulle was escorted into Newcastle Airport by RAF aircraft having lost communication with Air Traffic Control. The aircraft landed safely at 22:23.

– Newcastle International Airport spokesperson
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