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Man in court over Gatwick security alert

The North Terminal had to be evacuated on Saturday Credit: Tim Unwin

A Frenchman accused of going into Gatwick Airport with an air rifle and a knife is due in court later.

41 year-old Jerome Chauris, 41, from Vendome, France, is charged with possession of a dangerous article in an aerodrome and possession of a blade in a public place.

The incident, which took place at around 9.30am on Saturday, sparked a major security alert and passengers were forced to evacuate the North Terminal for six hours.

Sussex Police said: "Jerome Chauris, 41, unemployed and of no fixed address, but from Vendome, France, has been charged with possessing a dangerous article (an air rifle weapon) in any part of an aerodrome (Aviation Security Act 1982) and possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed article (a lock knife) in a public place (Criminal Justice Act 1988)."

Frenchman charged over security alert at Gatwick

North Terminal was closed Credit: PA

A Frenchman has been charged with possession of an air rifle and a knife following a major security alert at Gatwick airport yesterday.

Massive disruption was caused at the North Terminal following the incident at 9.30 am when Sussex Police were alerted to the 'suspicious actions' of a 41-year-old man.

Jerome Chauris, from Vendome, is due to appear in court on Monday.

Passengers were delayed for several hours Credit: PA

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Gatwick Airport 'working hard' to get passengers on their way

‘Now that our terminal has re-opened we are prioritising looking after passengers and ensuring they can get to the North Terminal. We know that large numbers of passengers have had significant disruption to their journeys today, and we are working hard with our airline partners to help get them on their way.

‘We have additional Gatwick staff on-hand to help, and we are trying to make people comfortable by moving them to hotels where we can make sure they have the latest information about their flights. It will take some time to get operations back to normal but we are doing everything we can.

‘We have put on special bus services to move people from the South Terminal, to the North Terminal, and our shuttle is now back in operation. It’s important that we manage the flow of people to ensure we can process them as efficiently as possible.

‘Our airlines are now looking at what capacity they have to accommodate people who missed flights earlier in the day. Passenger welfare is out absolute priority.’

– Gatwick Airport spokesperson

Gatwick reopens North Terminal: 'Our priority is the safety & welfare of our passengers'

"Following a full and thorough search by the Police, we are now able to re-open our North Terminal to passengers. Passengers should check with their airlines for information about their journey.

"Our priority is always the safety and welfare of our passengers and extra Gatwick staff are on hand to assist those who have experienced significant disruption to their journey today.

"We are working with our airlines to return North Terminal to usual operations. South Terminal is operating as normal."

– Gatwick Airport spokesperson
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Gatwick's North Terminal reopens after security alert

Gatwick Airport's North Terminal has reopened after a security alert prompted an evacuation.

The closure was prompted by the discovery of what police believed to be a firearm in a bin at the airport.

A 41-year-old man from Vendome in France was arrested at the scene on suspicion of discarding the suspected weapon.

He had not checked in or passed through any passport or security checks at the time, Sussex Police said.

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Passengers queuing at Gatwick Airport after evacuation Credit: Tim Unwin

Gatwick passenger shares photos of evacuation

The North Terminal at Gatwick was evacuated this morning after reports of a man performing 'suspicious actions'.

Sussex Police have confirmed that they have arrested a man in connection with the incident. Further details will follow.

Airline passenger Tim Unwin, who was caught up in the evacuation at the Sussex Airport, has sent out a series of messages and photographs via social media.

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
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