RAF fighter jets spotted in Yorkshire skies as Russian military aircraft head towards UK

The RAF has said fighter jets spotted in the skies over Yorkshire were a reaction to reports of Russian aircraft heading towards the UK.

A number of residents in the South Yorkshire area reported seeing military aircraft circling Doncaster on the evening of January 3.

Britain's RAF said it scrambled fighter jets in response to four Russian military aircraft approaching the United Kingdom.

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The force said four Russian strategic bombers were "intercepted and escorted", adding that they did not enter UK airspace at any point.

An RAF Typhoon jet similar to the ones scrambled to escort Russian military aircraft away

The fighter jets had taken off from RAF Brize Norton.