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Terror suspect arrested on return from Istanbul

A man who has been arrested at Stansted airport on suspicion of being involved in terrorism offences was returning from Istanbul, Turkey.

Officers for the Metropoiltan Police's Counter Terrorism Command stopped the 21-year-old at 8.40pm on Sunday 19 January following his return from Istanbul via Stuttgart, Germany.

He was subsequently arrested by officers at 1.10am today and taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.

The arrest was not in response to any immediate threat or risk.

Detectives have carried out searches of three addresses in connection with the investigation, Scotland Yard said.

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Flights begin landing at Stansted Airport

A Stansted spokesman said flights were landing again from around late morning, after a period of around three hours when no touchdowns were possible.

Earlier this morning an arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS. The aircraft landed safely.

As a result of this incident and low visibility, there have been restrictions on arriving flights. However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft.

– Stansted spokesman

Stansted Airport: Engineers working to resolve delays and cancellations

Stansted Airport has said flights will be subject to delay and cancellations and is advising passengers to check their flight status on its airline website.

Earlier this morning an arriving Gulfstream G550 was involved in an incident that has resulted in some damage to our ILS (instrument landing system).

The aircraft landed safely.

As a result of this incidentand low visibility there have been restrictions on arriving flights.

However, the fog has now lifted and arriving flights are now being accepted.

Departing flights are unaffected at this time but there could be delays and cancellations later in the day as a result of the earlier disruption to inbound aircraft.

We apologise for theinconvenience this has caused.

– Stansted Airport statement

In a statement, the airport said NATS, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ILS equipment, have engineers on site and are currently working to the resolve the issue and return the airfield to normal operations as quickly as possible.

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Ryanair flights diverted to Birmingham and East Midlands

Due to a technical problem with landing system at Stansted Airport, and low visibility weather conditions flights are currently unable to land.

A number of aircraft have already diverted to Birmingham and East Midlands airports and customers are being transferred by coach back to Stansted.

Further disruptions are expected until this situation is rectified which is expected by midday.

Further delays and possible cancellations may occur due to this equipment failure, please click on the following links for further details of the diverted flights.

– Ryanair

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Lightning strikes disrupt trains to Stansted Airport

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Why did BAA have to sell Stansted Airport?

BAA's old flag at Stansted Airport Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Heathrow Airport Holdings - the company formerly known as BAA - had its ownership of Stansted brought into question when the Office of Fair Trading referred the company's holding to the Competition Commission (CC).

After a long inquiry the CC ruled that BAA's airport ownership was uncompetitive.

The commission ruled in 2009 that BAA must sell Gatwick and Stansted and one of either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports. Gatwick had already been sold by the time of the ruling and since then BAA has sold Edinburgh.

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