Police given token of appreciation by crashed fighter jet base

The USAF Award for Excellence.
The USAF Award for Excellence.

Police in Spalding have been recognised for their role in bringing reassurance to people in Weston Hills where a US fighter jet crashed two weeks ago.

An Award for Excellence Coin was presented to Insps Dan Whyment and community policing inspector for South Holland, Insp Jim Tyner, by Colonel Robert Novotny, Commander of the the United States Air Force 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk.

The coins were presented to Insp Whyment, operations inpector on the day the fighter jet crashed on farmland near Broadgate, Weeston Hills, and Insp Tyner for their role in the recovery of a F-15D Eagle aircraft and their efforts to reassure the community.

First Lieutenant Keenan Kunst of RAF Lakenheath said: “Immediately following the October 8 incident, we worked with local police and the Ministry of Defence to ensure that the incident was responded to quickly and appropriately.

“Throughout the response, the safety and health of the surrounding communities remained - as it does now - a top priority.

“The most important thing about the incident on October 8 is that nobody was injured and we are so immensely grateful that no one on the ground was hurt and that the pilot’s training led to him safely ejecting.

“We understand this may have caused fear and inconvenience, but we are happy that no one was hurt and that we have such an understanding local community supporting us.”