A statement uploaded to the Gatwick Airport website read: “Due to an incident the North Terminal has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
“Flights are still arriving and departing as normal and we have extra staff on-site looking after passenger welfare.”
A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “The North Terminal at Gatwick has been evacuated as police deal with an incident at the airport.
“Police were called at around 9.30am on Saturday morning (November 14) following suspicious actions by a man who discarded an item at the airport. The man was arrested and EOD specialists have been called to the airport to investigate the item.”
Detective Superintendent Nick May said: “At this time, we are investigating the circumstances of the incident and it is too early to say what the item may be. 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.”
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