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Russian aircraft over Lancashire sparks 'spy plane' fears

The Ministry of Defence has moves to reassure the public after a Russian military aircraft was photographed flying over Lancashire.

The Antonov aircraft was seen in the skies near Colne at the weekend, sparking concerned calls to the MoD.

But a spokesman said the flight was "routine" and and pre-approved by defence chiefs.

"The flight in question was pretty routine. The route was first pre-approved by the MOD and RAF and then flown as per the flight plan."

– RAF Pilot Officer Leo Collins

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Investigations into 11 more deaths at Stepping Hill

Victorino Chua was jailed for 35 years Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Eleven more deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital are to be investigated following the conviction of killer nurse Victorino Chua.

South Manchester coroner John Pollard is set to publicly examine the deaths of 11 people - none of whom have been named.

In a statement, Stockport NHS Trust said the coroner had been unable to undertake inquests into these deaths at the time of the police investigation and trial.

"The 11 deaths that the coroner is now investigating are therefore relating to patients who were inpatients at the hospital over this period."

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