Biden arrival prompts security check for farmer spraying crop

A farmer had to pass a security check and have a police guard before he was allowed to spray a field of potatoes near RAF Mildenhall, which had welcomed US president Joe Biden.

Suffolk farm contractor and grower Rob Phillips described the “surreal experience” of doing some routine spraying while police vans blocked the farm entrance and police officers lined the road.

President Biden was making his way to Cornwall for the G7 summit and touched down in Air Force One at Mildenhall on Wednesday evening (9 June), to greet US troops before taking off again a few hours later.

Mr Phillips (@Robphillips88) said on Twitter: “Biden flew into RAF Mildenhall tonight and our land surrounds the runway, I had to get a security check before they would let me spray a field of potatoes whilst police vans blocked the entrance to the farm and the police officers lined the road, a very surreal experience.”

The station supports United States Air Force operations and is home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing.

President Biden has now arrived at Carbis Bay, St Ives, to meet with prime minster Boris Johnson and the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, as well as representatives of the EU, to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

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