Video: Could these mysterious planes that circled London be listening to our phonecalls?

Police are being urged to reveal details of two planes that circled parts of London and Essex for more than two hours yesterday.

The Cessna F406 Caravan II, with the registration G-BVJT, had no callsign, and circled the Lewisham and Blackheath area of south east London from about 10am to 12.30pm, while another plane with the registration G-UMMI circled Romford in Essex at about 2pm.

There is one big theory as to what the planes are.

According to a number of newspapers they belong to the Metropolitan Police and are spy planes which listen to mobile phone calls and cost around £3m a year.

However, Scotland Yard has denied the planes are used for policing, and a report from the Bristol Post said one of the planes has links to Bristol and is registered to a firm called Nor Leasing. The Telegraph reported that in 1997 one of the original individuals listed as “trading as” Nor Leasing was a senior Metropolitan Police detective.

This secret spending is also linked to a former assistant finance director at Scotland Yard, who served seven years in prison for stealing £4m from the police.

Metropolitan Police Authority member James Cleverly told the Telegraph last night he was unaware that the Met had any fixed wing aircraft.

So does the police own planes nobody knows about? If so, who is flying them?

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