RAF jets scrambled from Newcastle over fears Russian plane entering UK airspace

A Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft taking to the sky over RAF Coningsby (Image: Rui Vieira/PA

British and French jets have been scrambled from near Newcastle over fears Russian planes have entered UK airspace, a British source has told Sky News.

An RAF Typhoon fighter jet and a supporting Airbus Voyager plane were reportedly dispatched from a North East base over the North Sea just before 3pm.

A French fighter jet and its supporting plane were also sent to assist.

North East news LIVE: RAF jets scrambled off North East coast over Russian plane fears, reports suggest

Satellite images from AirLive, which shows all aircraft in the air around the world, showed the four jets over the North Sea, although by 4.30pm they reported that the tanker was returning to its base.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.