Man arrested after crossing London’s Heathrow runway

March 14th, 2008 - 12:49 am ICT by admin  

London, March 13 (DPA) The British police Thursday arrested a man crossing a busy runway at London’s main Heathrow airport and confiscated a rucksack he was carrying. Scotland Yard said officers would carry out a controlled explosion of the bag.

The BBC said a man “of Asian or Arab appearance” had been arrested after scaling the airport’s perimeter fence and crossing one of the two runways.

The incident sparked a major security alert and led to immediate delays, airport operators BAA said.

British Airways said flights were being disrupted as the northern runway was partially shut down.

Armed police with dogs, fire engines and ambulances were on the scene immediately as Heathrow was on high alert for the official opening Friday of the airport’s new fifth terminal by Queen Elizabeth II.

The incident is the second breach of security at Heathrow over the past few weeks. Last month, campaigners of environmental group Greenpeace managed to climb on to the tail-fin of a BA Boeing to unfold a banner protesting against airport expansion.

Police gave no immediate details as to the background of Thursday’s incident.

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