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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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Major police operation underway at London City Airport

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Protesters have been surrounded by dozens of police officers on the runway of London City Airport following a major security breach on Tuesday.

ITV News correspondent Nick Wallis, who is at the airport, said the protesters were gathered at the eastern end of the runway, which is opposite the main terminal building.

Aerial footage from the scene shows a heavy police operation currently underway with "at least six vans, two fire brigade vehicles, a police boat and around 30 people in attendance".

Scotland Yard confirmed no arrests have been made.

Credit: ITV News
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