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Man arrested after 'suspicious actions' at Gatwick

Sussex Police have arrested a man after an incident at Gatwick Airport. The site's North Terminal was evacuated this morning, and police called at 9.30am after 'suspicious actions' by a man who discarded an item at the airport.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the scene as a precautionary measure, 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. 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.

"We are aware that there is concern about what has happened in France, but the general threat level remains the same and people should be aware as usual of anyone acting suspiciously."

– Detective Superintendent Nick May, Sussex Police


Gatwick and Surrey stations to accept Oyster cards and contactless payments

The Oyster card is a convenient ticketing method Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers will soon be able to use the Oyster pay-as-you-go card and contactless cards on train lines to Gatwick Airport.

The Department of Transport will introduce the contactless ticketing methods, which will also include five other Surrey stations along the route, to Gatwick in the New Year.

This technology will make journeys easier and ticketing considerably faster. Passengers with contactless bank or credit cards, for example, will simply need to touch the Oyster readers without having to queue for a ticket or even top up their Oyster card."

– Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer
Over 220 million contactless journeys made since introduced on the TfL network in September 2014

13,000 people affected by Gatwick noise

More people say they have been affected by aircraft noise Credit: ITV

Nearly 13,000 people were adversely affected by the noise of Gatwick night flights in 2014 – a 15% rise on the previous year.

The figures, in a report by the Civil Aviation Authority, were revealed at a meeting of the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee.

The CAA report also shows that the number of people who said they were more seriously affected by night time noise doubled in the past year.

Four million passengers make Gatwick's busiest September

Gatwick has recorded its busiest ever September, with four million people travelling through the airport.

Plane arrives at Gatwick Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Managers say they expect to hit another record this year, the 40 million annual passenger mark. They say it's another reason the site should be expanded instead of Heathrow.

passengers in September
Consecutive months of growth

Man detained after being tasered at Gatwick Airport

A man who was tasered by police on board an aircraft at Gatwick airport has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Sussex Police said the 37-year-old was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast shortly after 8am yesterday after being arrested by firearms officers called to the aircraft by the crew.

The man, from Belfast, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

Earlier it was reported that the incident leading to the arrest was because he wanted to take two pieces of hand luggage on to the plane. Police said there were reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.

After the man was arrested, people were taken off the plane and witnesses gave statements to police.

The 37-year-old man was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast yesterday morning Credit: ITV News

"On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others."

– A police spokesman

"EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

"EasyJet's cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

"Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

"The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority."

– An easyJet spokeswoman


Gatwick says Heathrow third runway "unlawful"

Heathrow Airport Credit: ITV News

A third runway at Heathrow would be "unlawful", its rival Gatwick claimed today.

It says expansion at Heathrow would breach strict European air quality limits. Gatwick, meanwhile, claims it would meet all limits with a second runway and expansion should be in Sussex.

But Heathrow has hit back saying it would put measures in place to mitigate and the airport is the best place for expansion with tens of thousands of new jobs boosting the local economy.

The row erupted on the final day of consultation on pollution by the Airport Commission, which will make a recommendation on a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick in the next few weeks.

16 due in court over plot to steal £2m duty free cigs

Sixteen to appear before magistrates charged with plotting to steal duty free cigarettes

Sixteen people are due to appear before Crawley magistrates in connection with a plot to steal millions of pounds worth of cigarettes from a company at Gatwick Airport.

The fifteen men and one woman are accused of planning to take the tobacco worth a total of £2,432,665 from Gate Gourmet - a firm which supplies airlines at the airport.

Leaflet drop to 500,000 homes to push Gatwick's bid for expansion

It is the latest move in the battle between Heathrow and Gatwick as they both aim to win support for airport expansion.

Gatwick say expansion at Heathrow would lead to tens of thousands more people suffering aircraft noise. Heathrow say it has the best runway plan that would not see overall noise increase and create tens of thousands of jobs.

The Airport Commission will announce its recommendation in June.

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