WITNESSES have described how police bomb disposal units sped through the A120 in Essex en-route to  Stansted Airport, where a flight from Kenya has been diverted after being intercepted by the RAF.

The incident started to unfold at about 3.30pm Thursday after drivers reported a huge emergency presence heading towards Stansted Airport.

Flight KQ100, which had been bound for Heathrow Airport, was intercepted by the RAF’s quick reaction alert typhoons, according to Aviation Source.

The aircraft, a B788, has approximately 240 seats, and touched down at Stansted at 3.56pm, according to Radar Box.