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Bomb range warning after moped incident

Post by Gary » Fri Mar 01, 2024 8:43 pm

Paul Lead
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People enjoying the Lincolnshire coast are being warned not to wander on to a live aircraft bombing range.

Lincolnshire Police said it followed reports a man had entered a prohibited area of RAF Holbeach on a moped.

A 57-year-old man had been summonsed to Boston Magistrates' Court charged with contravening a byelaw at the range.

Officers warned often only a few minutes' notice was given before bombing took place.

The site, near Boston, has been used for bombing practice since 1926. Since 1993, this has included night bombing and helicopter operations.

Red flags are raised before the range is used, the authorities said.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “A byelaw has been in place since 1939 to protect the site and access is prohibited during hours of operation.

“It is not uncommon for the site to receive only a few minutes’ notice prior to live ammunition being used.

"This is signified by the raising of red flags along the boundary site."

'Obey red flags'

Maj (Retd) Tim Stearne, from East Coast MoD Air Weapons Ranges, said: “Our message is simple, only access military land when and where it is safe to do so, and with caution at all times, and please read and obey all red flags and signage.”

Earlier this week, the RAF said spectators were risking serious injury by standing too close to jets as they take off and land at its Coningsby and Waddington bases, also in Lincolnshire.

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Re: Bomb range warning after moped incident

Post by POL » Fri Mar 01, 2024 9:04 pm

"Earlier this week, the RAF said spectators were risking serious injury by standing too close to jets as they take off and land at its Coningsby and Waddington bases, also in Lincolnshire."

We're they inside the fence or something?

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Re: Bomb range warning after moped incident

Post by Gary » Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:45 pm

Nope they were under the flight path near the frangible fence
A safety notice from RAF Coningsby.

The red and white (frangible) fence at the end of the airfield is designed to withstand the forces generated by landing aircraft. It lets air through rather than being a solid fence that could be potentially destroyed by jet-blast and create a hazard.

We have recently seen an increase in pictures appearing online of people, including children, standing at the fence to get a better view of our aircraft.

RAF Coningsby asks spectators to be mindful of their own safety, and that of road users.

Please do not stand next to the frangible fence.

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Re: Bomb range warning after moped incident

Post by eagle driver » Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:58 am

Have a look on you tube for Low flying videos at Coningsby There is one with a Father videoing the wife and kids standing on the picket fence across the road from the frangible fence.
The only sign of concern shown is him ducking every time a Typhoon passes .
Kinder beggars believe for the lack of concern for his own family.

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