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Unconfirmed reports RAF jets have escorted a plane to Newcastle Airport

There are unconfirmed reports a civilian plane has been escorted to Newcastle Airport by RAF jets.

Dozens of people took to social media shortly before 10pm on Monday evening to report hearing loud bangs.

Two loud explosions were reported across parts of North Yorkshire.

It has been confirmed the bangs were sonic booms from RAF jets.

Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

Communications has been re-established and the aircraft safely landed.

– RAF statement

Families of North East men in Indian jail to meet Foreign Office Ministers

Families of three North East men, who are serving a jail term in India, say they're angry that more isn't being done to secure their release.

The former soldiers were sent to prison, with three others, after courts ruled the armed security ship they were working on was not properly licensed, and had entered Indian waters illegally.

Watch Frances Read's report:

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