PART of London Gatwick airport has been evacuated this morning after reports of a man with a gun. The airport's North Terminal was evacuated “for the protection of the public” after what police described as a suspicious article was found.
Hundreds were told to leave the airport in the alert, with witnesses saying police were seen arresting a man suspected of having a gun in his bag. Passengers were ordered out of the terminal and stood in the rain.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “The terminal is being evacuated at the moment. It is for the protection at the public.” She said the evacuation was a precaution sparked by the discovery of a "suspicious article". The spokeswoman could not confirm the reports of a gun being found.
The incident came just hours after more than 120 people were killed in a series of terror attacks in Paris, which Islamic State have this morning claimed responsibility for.
Due to an incident - the North Terminal has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Extra staff on-site looking after passenger welfare— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) November 14, 2015
BREAKING: #Gatwick #airport evacuated. Emergency services on high alert. Heightened security after #ParisAttacks. pic.twitter.com/q3SGpuh9JC— Connor Gillies (@ConnorGillies) November 14, 2015
Gatwick Airport has been evacuated...— Mark Hatt (@MarkWHatt) November 14, 2015
At Gatwick North Terminal. We were Yards away from Armed Police arresting man with "Gun in bag."Mass evacuation . Lockdown in progress still— Mari Reynolds (@mreyn02) November 14, 2015