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.