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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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Gatwick travellers advised to check with their airlines

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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Row over siting of new Thames Crossing continues

There's still no agreement where a new crossing over the Thames should be built. Most drivers agree - one is certainly needed - as they endure long delays between Dartford and Thurrock.

But faced with a range of options from East London to Gravesend and Tilbury - the arguments about where the bridge and its approach roads should go, have continued

As Nashreen Issa reports, the Government is due to make a decision early next year.

The interviewees are: Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council; and Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Thurrock.

Training for older drivers to reduce accidents in Kent

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Older drivers in Kent will now be offered training to help them drive more safely and reduce accidents.

Motorists over the age of 60 are involved in fewer crashes than other age groups. But if the over 70s have an accident, then they're three times more likely to be killed.

So Kent County Council now plans to offer older drivers advice about how to cope with failing eyesight and slower reaction times.

You can watch Abigail Bracken's full report below.

Interviewees are: Harry Standley, driver Paddy Hopkirk, former rally driver Steve Horton, Kent County Council Road Safety Team

Racing champ Paddy backs refreshers for older drivers

He won at Monte Carlo - now former racing driver Paddy Hopkirk is advising his peers to do refresher driving courses

Older drivers have come under the spotlight in Buckinghamshire, with new figures showing a dramatic increase in the number of people over the age of 65 being involved in accidents.

Now the local council has enlisted the support of one of the World's top rally drivers to help keep senior citizens in the fast lane.

During his racing career Paddy Hopkirk, won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally and numerous World titles. Now 82 years old, he's backing a scheme that encourages mature motorists to get their driving checked by the professionals. Penny Silvester reports.

The interviewees are: Paddy Hopkirk, 1964 Monte Carlo rally winner; Cllr Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council; and June Howlett, Buckinghamshire County Council road safety officer.

There is helpful information for older drivers at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Older Drivers Forum.

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