US ‘nuclear sniffer’ plane is sent to Britain as wave of deadly radioactive particles spreads across Europe

A US Air Force plane used to detect nuclear explosions has been sent to Britain amid concerns over a spike in the levels of radioactivity found in Europe.

The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is known as a nuclear ‘sniffer’ plane, was deployed to RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk last week on an undisclosed mission.

News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported.

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