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Searches after reports of 'plane crash' in Tavistock

Searches after reports of 'plane crash' in Tavistock

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:06am 8th September 2019. (Updated at 11:48am 8th September 2019)

Searches have been carried out after reports of a 'plane crash' in Tavistock.

Officers have told Pirate FM they had numerous reports of people having seen something in the sky.

One witness described seeing a 'bright light' at around 6.25am on Sunday morning.

A police helicopter and a search and rescue helicopter from Newquay have both been searching the area around Yelverton and Tavistock.

Police say that there have also been reports of meteor showers over the south west.

They now believe it could have been debris, rather than a light aircraft, and the searches have been stood down.

"Police received reports of a possible light aircraft crash at around 6.25am this morning.

"Initial reports suggested it was a plane but further reports said it was an object.

"Numerous people reported seeing something in the sky and one witness said they saw a bright light.

"Two helicopters have been searching from the air along with teams on the ground.

"There have also been sightings of meteor showers over the south west and they have been tracked in Cardiff and Dorset.

"We believe it may have been debris from the sky but this has not yet been confirmed.

"We searched until 8.20am and the teams have now been stood down."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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