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Police play down incident at Heathrow airport

The police have played down an earlier incident where it was reported that a man was threatening to blow himself up at the London airport.

Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. File Photo
Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. File Photo
Image: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Updated 3.10pm

LONDON’S METROPOLITAN POLICE has played down an incident at Heathrow airport earlier where there were reports of a man threatening to blow himself up in the departures lounge of the terminal 5 building.

Sky News reported earlier reported that there was a man in the departures lounge of the terminal building who was in a stand off with armed police and was threatening to blow himself up.

However, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan police told TheJournal.ie that this report was “entirely inaccurate” and that a man’s possessions were searched as part of a routine operation, adding that the man involved was fully compliant throughout.

The incident was stood down after police satisfied themselves that there was no danger and there were no arrests.

The man in question was allowed to continue his journey.

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A spokesperson for the airport had earlier told TheJournal.ie that there was a “police incident ongoing” at Terminal 5 and that the departures lounge had been partially evacuated.

The Met Police confirmed that the terminal was now reopen and fully operational again.

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