France-bound man held under anti-terror laws

27th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 27 (AFP) - British police detained a man Wednesday under anti-terrorism laws as he prepared to travel on a flight from London Luton airport to France, sparking a security alert.

LONDON, July 27 (AFP) - British police detained a man Wednesday under anti-terrorism laws as he prepared to travel on a flight from London Luton airport to France, sparking a security alert.

The man was heading for the southern French city of Nimes from the airport in Luton, a town north of the British capital.

Bedfordshire Police said in a statement they detained "a man at London Luton Airport under the Terrorism Act who was due to fly to Nimes with Ryanair.

"The flight was initially delayed while police carried out checks. These are now complete and the aircraft is now free to take off," the statement said.

"Bedfordshire Polices priority is to work closely with London Luton Airport to ensure the immediate safety of all members of the public, airport and police staff," it said.

The security alert caused flights to be briefly diverted while a plane at the airport was investigated.

"There was a security alert late this morning. We've gone up there and had a look around. There was nothing suspicious so we've left the area now," a Bedfordshire police spokeswoman told AFP.

She added that people were not evacuated from the airport.

"We detained a plane but we've checked it out and there was nothing suspicious and it's gone on its way," she said.

The four July 7 London suicide bombers set off from Luton by train for the British capital before detonating their devices on three subway trains and a bus, killing 52 other people and wounding about 700.

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