Replica explosive prompts alert at RAF Mildenhall

A security alert at a Suffolk airbase ended when it emerged that a suspicious "unknown object" was a replica explosive.

RAF Mildenhall activated "special control measures" and told people to stay clear of buildings and a petrol station after the object was spotted at about 14:50 BST.

The base later announced it had been a false alarm.

It said the object was a "training aid designed to simulate an explosive".

A spokesperson at the base, which has a large United States Air Force presence, said safety was the "priority of all residents and base population in the area".

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