The north terminal at London Gatwick Airport in the UK was evacuated Saturday morning as ‘precautionary measure’ for the protection of the public.
Police said they arrested a man, who was described as acting “suspiciously” and had discarded an item at the airport. The statement said explosive experts have been called to the airport to investigate.
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Due to an incident – the North Terminal has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Extra staff on-site looking after passenger welfare
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) November 14, 2015
A spokesperson for Sussex Police told The Independent she could not confirm the reports of a security alert but said: “The terminal is being evacuated at the moment. It is for the protection of the public.”
She said the evacuation was a precaution sparked by the discovery of a “suspicious article”.
— Tim Unwin (@TimUnwin) November 14, 2015
Tim Unwin, a geography professor at the University of London, wrote on Twitter that the incident started shortly before 10am, when the terminal’s first floor was closed and check-in was moved. He said the full evacuation started around 10 minutes later. It comes amid heightened security in the UK following a wave of terror attacks targeting a stadium, concert and restaurants in Paris last night.
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