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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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Seven people arrested after Black Lives Matter protest

All flights were suspended at the airport on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News

The Met Police have confirmed seven people have been arrested following the Black Lives Matter protest at London City Airport.

Officers negotiated with the protesters early on Tuesday morning, but at approximately 9.30am officers began making arrests.

In a statement, they said: "So far seven people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, being unlawfully airside and breaching London City Airport bylaws."

"Of those seven, two have been removed from the runway. All those arrested will be taken to east London police stations.

They added: "Work continues to remove the remaining protesters from the runway".

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