'Explosion' caused by RAF excercise

Home county residents had a nasty shock this morning when they heard a loud explosion which echoed across three counties.

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Lord Ashcroft visits Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Memorial
RAF Bomber Command Memorial to be completed this summer Credit: ITN

Philanthropist Lord Ashcroft is to visit the Bomber Command Memorial for the first time today.

He gave the project the last £1,000,000 it needed to complete construction.

The Memorial in London's Green Park will honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II.

The Memorial is currently under construction and is due to be completed by 28th June.

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Public asked to be 'understanding' of disruption caused by Olympic exercise

The military insists that it is keeping disruption to a minimum, as it stages a training exercise in the skies of London ahead of the Olympics.

Fighter jets and military helicopters will be operating above the capital, so that pilots become familiar with the airspace.

They will also be testing procedures used to intercept and communicate with aircraft breaching restricted airspace.

Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Component Commander for Olympics Air Security said:

“We have sought to limit the amount of flying to the minimum required to ensure that our Forces are ready for their important role delivering air security for the Olympics, balancing this against the need for us to reduce disturbance to a minimum.

"But we hope that people will understand the need for this very important training, and we thank them for their continued strong support.”

– Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Component Commander for Olympics Air Security
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