Apaches head for Suffolk countryside

MULTI-million pound Apache helicopters will soon be flying over Suffolk - but environmental chiefs know nothing of their potential impact on the countryside. The hi-tech gunships, the first of a 32-strong fleet, will begin to arrive at Wattisham Airfield from July.

MULTI-million pound Apache helicopters will soon be flying over Suffolk - but environmental chiefs know nothing of their potential impact on the countryside.

The aircraft, which cost £25million each, are due to start arriving at Wattisham Airfield from July, with the majority of the 32-strong fleet following in January 2005.

They will replace the Lynx helicopters stationed at the base, as part of £2billion government contract for 67 of the gunships.

But Mid Suffolk District Council today revealed it is still in the dark about the possible effects the move will have on the area.

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