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Man arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences

The Metropolitan Police say the arrest is not linked to a UK-based threat.

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Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a man on suspicion of terrorism offences. 

The officers arrested the 51-year-old man at Gatwick Airport on Wednesday, 24 July, at approximately 19:40hrs, on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Officers at the airport conducted a Schedule 7 port stop and subsequently arrested the man.

He is currently in custody at a Sussex police station.

The Met say that enquiries are ongoing and this is not linked to a UK-based threat or threat to the airport.

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More jobs lost at Gatwick as dnata restructure their business

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More job losses have been reported at Gatwick through one of their ground handling firms.

dnata, who operate staff at Gatwick and at Heathrow confirmed the news that they were having to resize their operation.

In a statement the firm said that COVID-19 had caused ‘unprecedented disruption’ with ‘unpredictable demand’.

Sources close to the firm said that up to 80 positions at Gatwick had been lost with even more to go at Heathrow, although ndata had not confirmed the figures at time of publication.

dnata offer a range of airport service from ramp work including baggage handling and aircraft moving through to customer services.

A dnata spokesperson said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to global trade and industry and has devastated the aviation and travel sectors. The situation remains very fluid with unpredictable demand, schedule and capacity changes becoming the norm.

Considering this operating environment, and like so many other organisations that have been impacted, we’ve had to take steps to right size our business and ensure it is fit for purpose.

We have conducted thorough manpower assessments and have made very difficult, but necessary decisions to let some of our people go.  

We will strictly comply with all relevant regulations and provide all possible support to affected employees throughout the redundancy process.” 

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