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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


Teenager raped in Newcastle

A woman has been raped in Newcastle City Centre.

The 19 year old was attacked in an alley in St Nicholas Street near the High Level Bridge. It happened sometime between midnight and 3 o'clock this morning.

The attacker is described as white and skinny, he was wearing dark blue skinny jeans and a navy t-shirt and didn't have a local accent.

Northumbria Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.


Westminster service for Tunisia victims

Prince Harry will attend a Service of Commemoration for victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Tunisia later today. The service is taking place at Westminster Abbey, and will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster.

Lisa Burbidge Credit: Family Photograph

Lisa Burbidge, from Whickham in Gateshead, was one of the 38 people killed last June, when a gunman opened fire in the popular holiday resort of Sousse.

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