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Driver arrested after 'crashing into RAF Lakenheath fence'

Police were called to the RAF Lakenheath perimeter in the early hours. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after reportedly crashing into the fence at RAF Lakenheath and running off.

Suffolk Police were called to the crash at the airbase's perimeter just before 1am today (November 19).

A 25-year-old was found 15 minutes later by Ministry of Defence Police and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

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Multi-million pound satellite deal for Airbus

Credit: ESA/Airbus

Airbus in Stevenage has just signed a multi-million pound deal to make parts for two new satellites.

Along with Eutelsat, it will manufacture parts for two new communication satellites out of sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage that will then be shipped to Toulouse for final assembly.

The Government said the deal signed on Monday will support hundreds of high-quality jobs at the UK plants, along with thousands more in the supply chain.

Airbus engineers working on a satellite Credit: ITV ANGLIA

The agreement was announced as the UK's future trading relationship with EU countries comes under intense scrutiny, with the continued freedom of movement of goods a key concern for many international firms. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the investment is a "significant vote of confidence for the UK's world-leading space industry".

Colin Paynter, managing director of Airbus Defence and Space UK, said that the UK's support for the European Space Agency's communication satellite programme, Artes, had helped the firm "develop world-leading technology for the world's leading satellite operators".

The firm plans to replace three existing satellites with two new ones set to launch in 2021.


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