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Arrests after Black Lives Matter protest shuts down London City Airport

Nine people have been arrested after protesters stormed a runway at London City Airport, disrupting all flights in and out of the airport.

Here are the latest developments:

  • Activist group Black Lives Matter UK claimed responsibility for the protest
  • Nine protesters put a tripod up on the runway and locked themselves together
  • Police negotiated with the group until specialist officers arrive to 'unlock' them
  • All nine have now been arrested
  • The airport said it would 'resume operations as soon as possible'
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Black Lives Matter protesters 'locked together' on runway

Emergency services on the scene. Credit: Nick Wallis/ITV News

Nine protesters have "locked themselves together" on the runway at London City Airport, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

In a statement, they said: "There are currently nine protesters on the runway at the airport. They have erected a tripod and have locked themselves together.

"Officers are currently on scene and are negotiating with them. We are awaiting the arrival of specialist resources that are able to 'unlock' the protesters."

They added: "No arrests have been made at this stage."

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