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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Source of bizarre noises over Cumbria identified

THE source of a series of bizarre noises heard over Barrow, Dalton, Ulverston and Millom last night has been confirmed as a military exercise.

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Chinook Helicopter

Lynn Dunne, a media spokeswoman for RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, confirmed that Chinook helicopters were flying over south Cumbria between 10pm and 11pm, the time when noises were reported.

The unusual, rumbling sounds led to more than 150 comments on the Evening Mail's Facebook page, with some commentators reporting the noise was loud enough to rattle windows.

The large scale exercise involved assets from the Army, Navy and RAF, with the Chinooks heard last night lifting off from the Yorkshire airbase.

While warnings were issued for residents in the base's immediate surrounding area prior to the exercise, people in Cumbria were left in the dark.

A spokesman for the RAF said: "Night flying is an important operational skill for our crews. The Chinook is the mainstay of the UK's helicopter force, providing round-the-clock rapid transport for troops and supplies in Afghanistan, and carrying RAF medical emergency response teams.

“The Royal Air Force always strives to be a good neighbour and to minimise any disturbance caused by our activities. We regret if this training caused any concern. However, our pilots' world-class training ensures that they carry out such flights safely."

Ms Dunne added: "We take our responsibility to minimise disturbances very seriously and we apologise for any inconvenience caused."

  • For the full story see Friday's Evening Mail
Have your say

Re - gemma , sorry i thought i mentioned Navy aswell.
Of course i did mean to put Army, Raf and Navy. Sorry mistake

Posted by mike on 29 September 2012 at 20:54

Degsy43 - Yes, it would make perfect sense for the military to inform people about their operations, live or otherwise. By that logic, they should have given a heads-up to the people of Dunkirk before that little episode, to give them time to prepare. What a ballbag.

Posted by Don Kiddick on 28 September 2012 at 22:12

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