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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Speed radar trained on low-flying jets

A LAKE District holiday park has been working closely with the RAF Police and MP Tim Farron to keep a close eye on low-flying aircraft.

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IN ACTION: An RAF Tornado jet fighter

Limefitt Park, a luxury lodge holiday park situated in Troutbeck Valley near Windermere, hosted a covert piece of military hardware needing a 10-tonne lorry just to be moved.

The huge Skyguard Radar Unit system is the RAF Police equivalent of a speed camera for jets.

It is also able to record the altitude of jets passing over the Lakes to ensure they are keeping within the regulations.

The hardware was used during the Falklands War and other military campaigns and the RAF Police approached the park to ask if it would host the Skyguard for a week because of its open location in the valley.

Park manager Mark Thomas said: “We are in a great location and for many people staying here who never get a chance to see these jets close up, it is a real spectacle and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of seeing what the RAF Police is doing. Thankfully, the week they were here proved to be very quiet, although, when I was lucky enough to be shown the inside operation of Skyguard, it did detect a passenger jet at 35,000ft.”

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Liberal Democrat Mr Farron, said: “I am pleased to see that the RAF is being conscientious and making sure that their aircraft are abiding by the rules and not disrupting local communities.”

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