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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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London City Airport protesters disrupt all flights

London City Airport (LCA) have said protesters are currently disrupting all flights at the airport, with activist group Black Lives Matter claiming responsibility.

In a tweet, LCA said police are "currently on the scene."

A spokesperson for LCA said: "The runway is currently closed due to protesters on site. Police are present and we will resume normal operations as soon as possible. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience to their journey."

A Met Police spokesman confirmed protesters breached security on Tuesday morning and said the incident remains "ongoing".

"The incident began at 5:40am and a number of protesters are currently air-side. Officers are trying to resolve the situation and there have been no arrests", they added.

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