A Frenchman ‘carrying two guns’ approached an easyJet check-in desk at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal this morning. This forced bomb disposal experts to rush to the busy airport.
The 41-year-old man was said to have fled the scene to a nearby car park, where he was seen to throw one of his firearms into a rubbish bin, a source claimed.
Police and Airport staff continued to chase the man, who was arrested moments after, he was found to have a second gun strapped to his body.
Witnesses report of armed police shouting ‘get down, get down’ as passengers were evacuated after the incident.
Detective Superintendent Nick May said: ‘The man is being interviewed as we try to determine the circumstances of the incident, but at this time it is too early to say what his intentions, if any, were.’
‘However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness.’
‘We are aware that there is concern about what has happened in France, but the general threat level remains the same and people should be aware as usual of anyone acting suspiciously and report any concerns immediately.’
Sussex police added in a statement: ‘Personal items and what appears to be a firearm were recovered and have been removed for forensic examination. However, the viability of the weapon has yet to be established.’