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Friday, October 29, 2010, 08:0029 comments Share Just what was the strange humming noise heard in the night? Hear it here Mark Holland, of Hedon, said the sound was 'absolutely unreal'. A Russian bomber on a spying mission and an alien craft. These are just two of the theories behind a strange noise heard in the middle of the night. As first reported on the Mail's website yesterday, the noise – described as a "humming" noise – was heard at about 2am on Thursday. It was heard across a wide expanse of East Yorkshire, with one report from as far away as Doncaster. Mark Holland, of Hedon, where the noise appears to have been loudest, said he was left baffled. Mr Holland, 49, said: "I was taking my wife, Shirley, to Manchester Airport to catch a flight to Benidorm. "Just as she asked me to load a suitcase into the car we heard it. "It was absolutely unreal. We 've never heard anything like it. "We are on the flight path to Humberside Airport and get planes passing overheard, but never at that time and that low. "Although it was cloudy, it was fairly bright. For the noise to be that loud, you would have expected to have seen whatever it was." Enquiries by the Mail have drawn a blank with no-one able to confirm the source of the noise. A spokeswoman for Humberside Airport at Kirmington in North Lincolnshire, said: "At 2am the airport is closed. The last flight in or out was 10.45pm." According to BP at Saltend, no work out of the ordinary was carried out in the early hours of Thursday. The Ministry of Defence has a dedicated team called the Low Flying Complaints and Enquiries Unit. However, a spokesman said: "We have no confirmed activity in that area. "There was nothing odd or untoward going on in the Hull area at that time." Earlier this week a report in the national media claimed a Russian Tupolev Tu95 Bear aircraft was spotted on Monday and Tuesday, flying in a Nato-policed zone close to the UK. A squadron of RAF Tornado aircraft from a base in Scotland was apparently called out to intercept the giant intruder. In 2008, it was reported how a supersonic 'Blackjack' Russian jet flew completely undetected to within just 20 miles from Hull. However, a military source told the Mail: "No Russian aircraft has ever crossed into British airspace without permission – despite reports in the media." Some readers suggested the noise could have come from Humberside Police's helicopter Oscar Nine Nine. But a force spokeswoman confirmed: "Between 1.15am and 5.12am the helicopter was in S#horpe." Mail reader Mike Covell posted a message on www.facebook.com/HullDailyMail stating: "About 2 o'clock this morning a loud noise was heard over east Hull, possibly further, and it appeared as though it was a large aircraft with decent sized engines struggling to gain altitude. "What was odd about the sound is the duration, in that it appeared to be over east Hull for approximately 10 minutes. Efforts to gain a visual on the craft failed." Another reader, Leah Simpson, added: "It was really loud in Hedon. Quite spooky." Do you know what the noise was? If so, call our newsdesk on 01482 315194. * For dozens more theories, check out the postings on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hulldailymail