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Emergency services find “nothing untoward” in major search after aircraft reported to have come down near Norfolk/Suffolk border

PUBLISHED: 12:23 14 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:16 16 January 2017

Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area.
Pic - Richard Marsham

Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area. Pic - Richard Marsham

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Police involved in a major operation after reports that an aircraft has gone down close to the Norfolk/Suffolk border have confirmed a search of the area turned up nothing.

Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area.
Pic - Richard MarshamPolice, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area. Pic - Richard Marsham

The major emergency services operation, which involved Norfolk and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk and Norfolk police and the police helicopter, was launched after a member of the public reportedly saw an aircraft coming down at Barnham, near Thetford.

A spokesman for Suffolk police has confirmed that searches in the area, close to the A134 and A11, found “nothing untoward”.

Meanwhile a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman has said there was a “multi agency decision to stand down from the incident”.

A further statement from Norfolk police is expected shortly.

Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area.
Pic - Richard MarshamPolice, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area. Pic - Richard Marsham

A police spokesman said officers had received a call at 10am from a member of the public who believed they had seen a helicopter or a small plane come down in difficulty while in their vehicle near Barnham crossroads.

“They reported smoke coming from the rear of the aircraft. There was no explosion reported.”

Police and fire units from Norfolk and Suffolk and the police helicopter were involved in a search for “a potential site” where the aircraft might have come down.

The police spokesman added that contact had been made with nearby RAF bases “to check for any training exercises that might have been carried out this morning”.

Police, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area.
Pic - Richard MarshamPolice, Fire and Ambulance have set up base at Barnham Village Hall following reports of an aircraft crash in the area. Pic - Richard Marsham

The convoy first gathered at Barnham Village Hall before moving on to Thetford fire station.

Following discussions between the police and fire service, the fire and ambulance crews in attendance were stood down at around 12.30pm.

Keith Mindham, 58, from Thetford, was driving when he saw a “bright light like a flare”.

He said the object was “falling down like a parachute”.

“It was slow moving, sort of free moving and that’s all I saw. I didn’t see any smoke or bits of debris.”

Suffolk and Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue teams were also called to help, along with the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

More to follow.

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