Man arrested over suspicious item in London Gatwick airport

Man arrested in Northern terminal of London’s Gatwick Airport after he allegedly discarded suspicious item

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Gatwick Airport, London.

The North Terminal of London’s Gatwick Airport has been evacuated and a man has been arrested over a suspicious item on Saturday, Sussex police said.

During the incident, bomb disposal experts were called to the airport to investigate the item

"At this time, we are investigating the circumstances of the incident and it is too early to say what the item may be," Detective Superintendent Nick May said in a statement.

"However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness."

A police officer stated that security forces were called to the terminal around 0930 GMT, as some passengers noticed a man discarding a suspicious item.

British Airways and Easyjet announced that they were evaluating the incident with officials and any potential effects it may have over flights.

Officials called passengers and staff to leave the premises and roads around the terminal were blocked off, however passengers and staff were able to return to the terminal around 1530 GMT, the same time when the road blockade was lifted. 

Landside passengers had been moved in nearby hotels such as the Sofitel London Gatwick Airport hotel.

Meanwhile, UK airports are on a high alert level after the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Friday night. But officials have not confirmed if the alert is connected with the Paris attacks, killing at least 127 people.

Gatwick Airport, is London's second-largest international airport, located approximately 30 miles (50 km) south of Central London.

TRTWorld and agencies