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Reports British man has died from Ebola as airports start enhanced screenings

A British man who is thought to have contracted Ebola has died in Macedonia, according to a senior government official in the country.

The UK is to begin enhanced screening of passengers from Ebola-affected countries at Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurostar terminals, Downing Street has announced.

Earlier, a top US medical official warned that the epidemic could be the "next Aids" if not contained quickly, while the chief of the World Bank said the future of the African continent could be at stake if the spread is not halted.

It comes after the World Health Organisation reported that the recorded number of deaths from Ebola has almost reached 4,000 worldwide and warned the real number could be more.


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Ebola information posters to go up at British airports

Posters will be placed in UK airports providing information about the Ebola virus, Downing Street has said.

Discussing a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee this morning, a spokesman for Number 10 said further advice had already been issued to medical professionals across the country in regard to the virus.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies told the committee that detailed contingency planning in place for any outbreak on British soil but maintained that the risk to the UK "remained low", the spokesman said.

New security measures in place at Gatwick Airport

New security measures in place Credit: ITV news

Gatwick Airport is upgrading its road to airside security gates and has introduced a new screening facility. It's aimed at improving detection rates of explosives and other prohibited items which come through the gates and go airside.

New surveillance technology has been installed to check the underside of vehicles in a four lane screening facility. It replaces the mirror of stick approach and security staff say it will allow vehicles to access airside more effectively and efficiently.

Police community support officer jailed for tricking Gatwick passengers

A former police community support officer who stole thousands of pounds by tricking passengers at Gatwick Airport into thinking they were carrying too much cash has been jailed for six and a half years.

Alexis Scott approached departing travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at the airport and asked how much money they were carrying.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and 'confiscated' the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

PCSO to be sentenced for stealing from passengers

Alexis Scott will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A community policewoman who stole thousands of pounds from passengers at Gatwick due to be sentenced today.

39-year-old Alexis Scott conned seven long-haul travellers while they were at departure gates. She told them they couldn't take more than one thousand pounds out of the country - and made them hand over all their spending money.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

Scott, of Plumstead, south-east London, was arrested in May last year and accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims. She was convicted in July of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office following a three-week trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

Scott, who was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the same court, was cleared by a jury of one count of theft.

Following the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said Scott had fallen woefully short of the "highest personal and professional standards" expected by Sussex Police, abusing the trust the force had placed in her and the trust of the public.

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.


Poll finds majority supports 2nd runway at Gatwick

The majority of Gatwick's local community supports a second runway and 60% of residents think it's important for the local economy

Those are the findings of a poll conducted by the airport. It's expansion plans faces opposition from campaigners but bosses at the airport the survey is encouraging.

ITV Meridian spoke to David McMillan from Gatwick Airport.

EasyJet 'puts contingency plans in action' over volcano

EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action Credit: PA

"As things stand there are no changes to easyJet's flying programme, including flights to and from Iceland," a spokesperson for the airline said. The budget airline said it is using specialist technology to ensure any ash created by the eruption is detected and chartered.

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Met Office 'in close contact' with Iceland over volcano

The Met Office has been in "close contact" with Iceland's Meterological Office, after it issued a red alert for the country's Bardabunga volcano which began erupting today. A spokeswoman said:

We are in close contact with the Icelandic Met Office, but currently they tell us that the eruptions are sub-glacial, so no ash has made it to the surface.

If ash does make it to the surface, we will run our model which will indicate where any ash would go, and we will inform the CAA and Nats. They will then make the decision on how that will affect any air flights.

– Met Office
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