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Terror suspect arrested at Stansted appears in court

Aweys Faqey Credit: PA

A terror suspect who was arrested at Stansted Airport has appeared in court.

Somalian-born Aweys Faqey, of north London, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism after he was arrested on May 23.

Faqey has lived in the UK since 2013. He has a wife and give children in the Netherlands, and a wife and child in Kenya.

He has been remanded into custody.

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Seventeen people plead not guilty in court over Stansted airport demo

The demonstration took place in a more remote part of the airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Seventeen people have appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the obstruction of a flight at Stansted Airport in March 2017.

The nine women and eight men were each charged with obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in lawful activity and organising or taking part in a demonstration likely to interfere or obstruct Stansted Airport.

A blockade was constructed by a group of demonstrators in an attempt to stop a plane from leaving. A number of flights had to be grounded at the time.

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Seventeen charged following Stansted protest

They have been released on bail. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Seventeen people have been charged after they were arrested following a protest at Stansted.

They were campaigning against deportation ‘charter flights’ that they say are racist and unfairly target people on basis of their nationality.

The nine women and eight men were each charged with obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in lawful activity and organising or taking part in a demonstration likely to interfere or obstruct Stansted Airport.

They have been released on bail to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on May 3.

Seventeen arrests after Stansted Airport protest

The demonstrators were campaigning against a deportation flight to Nigeria, putting up a blockade, they chained themselves to it in an attempt to stop the plane leaving.

The demonstration happened away from the passenger terminal, but the main runway was closed for an hour and flights were delayed and diverted.

Now questions are being asked as to how the protestors managed to breach airport security.

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