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  1. End of updates for the day

    That's all for our rolling updates on this story for today.

    We will, however, be continuing to update the below article as we have more developments:

    Pilot's body found after North Sea US jet crash

  2. Full statement from the US Air Force

    "The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased," said a spokesperson.

    "The name of the pilot will not be released until all next of kin notifications have been made.

    "This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot’s family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron."

  3. BreakingPilot found and ‘confirmed deceased’

    The pilot of the F-15C Eagle which crashed in the North Sea has been located, "and confirmed deceased", a spokesperson for RAF Lakenheath has said.

  4. Monday's updates as they happened

    Live updates have now finished for the day

    Thanks for joining us to find out how the East of England is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic... along with our coverage of other stories, including a USAF fighter jet based in Suffolk crashing in the North Sea.

    Join us again on Tuesday when a live page will resume at 08:00.

    Find it via your BBC News county index.

  5. New daily Covid-19 deaths figure drops to one

    The rise in daily Covid-19 deaths in the region's hospitals has dropped to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic - one casualty.

    The death was recorded by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, according to the government's latest daily figures issued this afternoon.

    It brings the total number of deaths in the region to 3,867.

    The total number of deaths across the UKis 41,736.

  6. Shadow Defence Secretary hopes pilot is found 'swiftly and safely'

    John Healey, the Shadow Defence Secretary and a Labour MP in South Yorkshire has tweeted: "We hope the pilot is found swiftly and safely, and our thoughts are with the pilot’s family, friends and all at RAF Lakenheath.

    "Thanks to the coastguard for their efforts."

    RAF Lakenheath

    The RAF have also tweeted: "Our thoughts are with US Air Force and all at RAF Lakenheath."

  7. West Suffolk Hospital 'standing in solidarity' with RAF Lakenheath

    The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the general hospital in Bury St Edmunds, about 15 miles from RAF Lakenheath, has tweeted its support for the local USAF community.

    View more on twitter
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe accident, from J16 for M40 J1A to J17 for A412 Denham Way.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise from J16 M40 J1a to J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats involved in pilot search

    The coastguard says it is continuing to coordinate searches off Flamborough Head

    A coastguard helicopter is working with other aircraft in the area, while the RNLI lifeboats from Bridlington and Scarborough continue to assist with the search along with other vessels.

    Earlier, wreckage from the F-15C was found but the pilot has yet to be located.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A104 Essex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A104 Essex both ways severe accident, from A121 Woodridden Hill to Cross Roads.

    A104 Essex - A104 Epping New Road in Loughton closed and it's slow in both directions from Wake Arms Roundabout to Robin Hood Roundabout, because of a serious accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. RAF Lakenheath: In pictures

    The F-15C which crashed today was from the 48th Fighter Wing which is based at RAF Lakenheath.

    RAF Lakenheath

    The 48th Fighter Wing has operated from there since 1960 and has more than 4,500 active-duty military members.


    Jets were seen taking off and landing from the base throughout the day.

    Flamborough Head

    Search and rescue teams have located the aircraft but are still searching for the pilot 74 nautical miles off the Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire coast.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A509 to J15 for A45.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 northbound from J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) to J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a breakdown.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Police help horse give birth

    Horse gives birth

    Police in Essex had a surprise when they stumbled across what they thought was a horse in distress.

    PCSOs were patrolling in Wickford and on closer inspection realised a mare was actually giving birth.

    The mare gave birth to a healthy male foal who they named Boris.

    The officers reported that "the owners were very happy with their new addition and also happy to give a bit of a background on the mare and horses in general!".

    Horse gives birth
    Horse gives birth