Bomb alert closes base

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A MILITARY base was on lockdown on Monday after a bomb scare.

At around 8am, staff stopped a vehicle at the entrance to RAF Lakenheath after it was identified as suspicious.

Suffolk Police were subsequently called to the scene and put in place a 1,500 metre perimeter cordon around the entrance.

An Army bomb squad was then called to the scene to investigate further.

At around 1.30pm, the disposal unit confirmed that the vehicle did not pose a threat.

The cordoned off zone and road closure were then lifted.

The occupants of the vehicle, who had been taken for questioning by police and US military staff, were released.

A spokesman for RAF Lakenheath said the action was necessary and appropriate to protect staff and residents on the base.