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Gatwick Airport incident – Cops block entrance to north terminal due to 'unattended bag' sparking flight chaos

ARMED police were called in after an unattended bag was found at Gatwick Airport today.

The entrance to the North Terminal at the airport was blocked off as part of the response – sparking concerns from passengers on their way to catch flights.

A Gatwick Airport spokesperson said: "Earlier today, as a precautionary measure access to the main entrance of the Gatwick train station and the inter-terminal shuttle was briefly suspended while Police responded to an unattended bag.

"Passengers were able to access an alternative train station entrance and coached between terminals while this matter was investigated."

A photograph of the scene showed large panels put up in front of the north terminal entrance.

But after the alert, police confirmed about 45 minutes later the bag contained clothing and was not suspicious.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: "A cordon was set up as a precaution, preventing access to the main entrance of the train station and the inter-terminal shuttle, for short time, while the bag was investigated.

"However. the airport remained open for business as usual. It was established that the bag contained clothing and was not suspicious. The cordon was lifted by 12.25pm."

One witness wrote on social media: "Entrance to North Terminal at #Gatwick airport is blocked because of a security incident. Armed police present"

A number of passengers have already flagged concerns on social media, saying that buses were now being used after the terminal shuttle was suspended.

One person wrote: "Gatwick Airport is your shuttle train running between South and North Terminals at the moment?

"Huge queue of people waiting to board and sign is saying next train in 4 mins, but it hasn’t moved for the last 10! Anxious about missing my flight. Please can you advise?"

She later added: "On the move. Fingers crossed! Gate closes in 14 mins".

Another said: "what's the hold up with the terminal shuttles? Way too many people waiting to get to North. "4 minute" wait for the past 10 mins"


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