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RAF jets scrambled after contact lost with private plane

The RAF aircraft used are thought to be Typhoons.
The RAF aircraft used are thought to be Typhoons. Credit: PA

RAF jets were scrambled tonight after contact was lost with a private plane. It was accompanied by the military aircraft to Stansted Airport , where it landed safely shortly before 8pm.

All three people who were on board have been spoken to by police, it was established that everything was in order and the police response was stood down.


The Ministry of Defence has stressed there was "no threat".


M25 accident delaying traffic by more than two hours

  • The accident involved two lorries. Fuel has been spilled across the carriageway and blocked two lanes
  • The accident happened at junction 26, with the A121 at Waltham Abbey and junction 25, with the A10 at Enfield
  • Queues are currently tailing back 16 miles with delays over two hours
  • Congestion is stretching to junction 28, with the A12 at the Brook Street at Brentwood


New £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme announced

Parents will face prosecution if they fail to stop their daughter becoming a victim of female genital mutilation under new legislation to be unveiled by the Government at a summit in London.

A £1.4 million FGM Prevention Programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice are among a raft of plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Girl Summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government and Unicef.

Fire Service dealt with 500 flood incidents

Essex Fire Service said firefighters and control operators dealt with some 500 flood and weather related incidents and calls from around 3pm yesterday.

Of those more than 400 were from Canvey Island - the worst hit area in the county. Seven pumping appliances focused on the south east corner of the island where the flooding was most severe.


Have to give credit to canvey island fire service for helping de-flood homes and streets last night! #canveyfloods

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