Two RAF helicopters have been spotted flying low in the sky during night time exercises in the North East region.

Residents in Seaham reported sightings of the RAF helicopters at around 10pm on Thursday night, with some saying they could even feel the vibrations from the aircraft in their homes.

RAF Leeming, which is based in Northallerton, has confirmed that there will be additional flying from the station as it hosts exercising aircraft until the end of September.

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The RAF training, which involves some low and night flying, began on September 11 and is due to finish on September 30.

RAF Leeming issued a statement on its Facebook page promising residents that they will try to keep the "disturbance to a minimum" as they carry out their activities.

It said: "There will be additional flying at RAF Leeming as the Station hosts exercising aircraft from September 11 to 30, 2021.

"Training will involve various rotary assets, with some low and night flying.

"We understand our responsibility as good neighbours to inform the local community of events that are additional to our normal flying activities and every effort will be made to keep the disturbance to a minimum."

One Seaham resident said the helicopter was flying low enough that she could feel the force of it in her home.

She said: "I live in East Shore Village and there was one hovering over my house for a minute or so at exactly 10pm and it shook the house. "

RAF Leeming trains, delivers and supports UK and overseas expeditionary air operations.

The station is home to a range of squadrons and lodger units including 90 Signals Unit and a mountain rescue team.

RAF Leeming said it is the preferred site for deployed exercises and detachments from UK and overseas units.

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