Gatwick investigation continues

Part of the North Terminal car park at Gatwick has been cordoned off as police investigate a suspicious van.

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Police examine CCTV after Gatwick alert

Police are studying CCTV images from across Gatwick Airport in a bid to identify two men who dumped a van in a North Terminal car park sparking a major security alert.

The blue Renault van was driven into the short stay car park on Wednesday afternoon.

When it was spotted, routine checks showed it to be unregistered, untaxed and uninsured and a call across the airport for the driver to return to the vehicle was not heeded.

As a result, police called upon an explosive ordnance disposal unit (EOD) who carried a controlled explosion.

Detective Inspector Rob McPhilemy from Gatwick CID said: "We are considering the very strong possibility that the two men who can be seen in the van on CCTV images, but not very clearly, dumped the van and then went into the airport and boarded a flight."

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Search for two men after Gatwick alert

An investigation is underway to trace two men who entered a Gatwick Airport car park in an untaxed, uninsured, unregistered van and disappeared, sparking a major alert.

The occupants of the blue Renault van were seen to push up a barrier to gain access and then park the vehicle on the ground floor of the short stay North Terminal car park.

A check with the company whose name was on the van revealed that they had disposed of it six months ago - further checks showed that it was now unregistered, untaxed and uninsured.

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Check-in and flights "unaffected" by alert

A Gatwick Airport spokeswoman said passengers were travelling to the South Terminal and being transferred by coach to the North Terminal where check-in and flights were unaffected by the alert.

Incoming passengers are being transferred to the South Terminal to catch buses and taxis. Credit: Jeef Baars/Twitter

She said: "The operation of the airport hasn't been impacted, with flights coming in and leaving unaffected. The terminal building is still open so passengers are able to come and go.

"However, if passengers are flying from the North Terminal there are slight disruptions getting there by road. People are having to come to the South Terminal and then are being coached up.

"There are no onward travel options for passengers flying in to the North Terminal, so they are having to be coached to the South Terminal to catch buses and taxis."

She added: "There is some inconvenience but we have got staff out and about giving advice, and we hope that the situation will be resolved some time soon."

Police have described the controlled explosions as "routine". Credit: Denise Medley Scott/Twitter

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