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Man held in Gatwick grenade alert

Police have cleared the north terminal of Gatwick Airport and arrested a man under anti-terrorism legislation after the discovery of a live hand grenade, Home Secretary David Blunkett said. All flights from the terminal have been suspended while the security alert continues. Sussex Police would not give any further details or say whether it had anything to do with the present state of alert in the UK that has seen troops deployed at London’s Heathrow Airport. Two men were also arrested near Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act on Thursday afternoon. Their detention in Hounslow near the airport’s perimeter fence after the men’s car was stopped, was a “precautionary measure”, police have said. The men were taken to Paddington Green police station in central London for questioning, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. A Gatwick spokesman said: “Inbound flights are not affected but there is some disruption to outbound flights.” It is understood South Terminal flights are currently unaffected. The airport is on heightened alert along with other UK airports this week, with extra armed police drafted in to patrol the perimeter and terminal buildings, and check cars in the surrounding area. Full Story

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