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Police arrest six protesters at Heathrow Airport

It could take several hours to remove the remaining protesters. Credit: PA

Six protesters who blocked part of a runway at Heathrow Airport have been arrested.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "There were 13 protesters in total on the North runway. Six have so far been arrested on suspicion of Aviation Act offences and taken into custody.

"Officers remain at the scene and are continuing to work to remove the remaining protesters."

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Passengers anger at Heathrow protesters over delays

Emergency workers talk to an activists who have chained themselves across the north runway. Credit: PA

Passengers due to fly from Heathrow Airport today have spoken of their anger at disruption caused by climate change protesters.

Louise Rogers, 35, and Ciara Lalor, 34, had their flight home to Dublin cancelled.

Miss Rogers said: "I'm not one bit impressed. They should be shot with rubber bullets."

Her friend Miss Lalor added: "They've disrupted so many people. They shouldn't be allowed. Get the fire engine out and hose them down."

Planes take off from middle of runway to avoid protest

Heathrow said both runways are operational Credit: PA

Planes are taking off from the middle of Heathrow's north runway to avoid protesters who chained themselves together overnight.

A Heathrow spokeswoman told ITV News: "Both runways are open but there will still be delays.

"Because of the protesters being at one end, we are able to use the north runway in a different way.

"We are working closely with the police who are dealing with the incident and are sorry for the disruption to passengers. Our priority remains to ensure the safe running of the airport.”

Earlier the airport had warned passengers to expect delays and cancellations due to the disruption and some incoming flights have to be diverted.

Protesters: Third runway is 'completely unsustainable'

Plane Stupid campaigner Graham Thompson told ITV News a third runway was "absolutely unsustainable for the environment" as protesters continue to block Heathrow's north runway.

He added: "We need to be cutting emissions extremely rapidly and our government has come up with a plan to expand them and increase them."

Heathrow Airport warns passengers to expect delays

Heathrow Airport has warned passengers to expect delays and cancellations today after protesters chained themselves together on one of the runways.

Customers were advised to check their flight status before setting off as those due to fly from the north runway could be affected.

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Cameron facing Tory anger over Heathrow expansion

Conservative heavyweights have already spoken out about the recommendations to expand Heathrow airport.

Cameron facing Tory anger over Heathrow expansion. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Cabinet minister Justine Greening, whose south west London constituency could be affected by any increase in flights, has claimed that expansion is "undeliverable both democratically, politically and legally".

Zac Goldsmith, a frontrunner in the race to be the Tory candidate to replace Boris Johnson as mayor next year, has threatened to resign and trigger a by-election if the Government gives the green light to a third runway.

BA plane lands back at Heathrow after mid-air emergency

A British Airways' plane with more than 200 passengers on board has landed safely after having to return to London following a suspected technical problem.

The Boeing 777 - flight BA49 - had left Heathrow Airport at around 2.35pm today bound for Seattle in the USA.

It reached a point north-west of Edinburgh when the cockpit crew made the decision to return to Heathrow.

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Technical problem forces BA plane to turn back

A British Airways' plane with more than 200 passengers on board has landed safely after having to return to London following a suspected technical problem.

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The Boeing 777 - flight BA49 - had left Heathrow Airport at around 2.35pm today bound for Seattle in the USA.

It reached a point north-west of Edinburgh when the cockpit crew made the decision to return to Heathrow.

The aircraft, carrying 218 passengers and 14 crew, landed at around 4.45pm.

Our highly trained pilots returned to Heathrow as a precaution after a suspected technical fault.

Our engineers will inspect the aircraft to determine what the issue was

We are using another Boeing 777 which is scheduled to depart at 9pm this evening. We are sorry for any delays to customers' travel plans, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

– British Airways
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