Gatwick airport evacuated

Gatwick airport evacuated

Gatwick airport evacuated

World Bulletin / News Desk

Passengers were evacuated from a terminal in London's Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning in response to an apparent security alert.

Travellers at the airport's North Terminal posted images on social media.

“The terminal is being evacuated at the moment. It is for the protection at the public,” a local police spokeswoman told The Independent newspaper on Saturday morning.

She told the newspaper's website that the evacuation was a precaution sparked by the discovery of a "suspicious article", but did not give further details.

University of London geography professor Tim Unwin, who appeared to be at the airport, wrote on Twitter that passengers were told to leave the North Terminal's first floor shortly after 10 a.m., local time.

He posted photographs of people standing alongside their luggage in the road on the social networking website.

Flights appeared to still be taking off, but with shorts delays, according to the airport's website.

Gatwick, 45 kilometers to the south of London, is the U.K. capital's second-largest airport.

Britain has not raised its terror threat level in response to Friday night's attacks in Paris, but police have announced increased patrols in crowded central London areas this weekend. 

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