Friday, 5pm: Helicopter was training for Olympics

A HELICOPTER seen chasing a light aircraft above South Holland yesterday was an RAF Puma on a security training exercise ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

The Puma, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, was practising intercepting a light aircraft as part of the RAF’s key role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The light aircraft was a Grob Tutor based at RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford.

An RAF spokesman confirmed the two aircraft were involved in a full day’s training which lasted from 9am until 6.05pm.

THURSDAY, 2.45PM: Reports are coming in of a helicopter possibly pursuing a light aircraft in the skies above South Holland.

One Twitter follower says the dark-coloured chopper has been in the air since 9.30am.

And a Lincolnshire Free Press reader says at about 2.45pm she saw the ‘light aircraft’ make a sudden turning “as if to evade the helicopter.”

An armed forces source has suggested that it could be a training exercise ahead of the Olympics security cover.

It’s happening in the skies above West Pinchbeck and Surfleet.

Lincolnshire Police has no information on the matter and the Ministry of Defence has denied any knowledge.

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