Police examine suspect package at regional British airport

29th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police examined a suspicious package found early Friday in a freight distribution centre at East Midlands Airport in central England, a police statement said.

"At 3.28 am (0228 GMT) this morning police dealt with a report of a suspicious package within a distribution centre at East Midlands Airport," a police statement said.

The distribution centre was cordoned off but the airport remained open.

A security alert was underway Friday in the United States, where authorities swept cargo planes in Newark and Philadelphia for suspicious items.

Reports earlier in the US suggested a London airport was involved in the security alert, but a spokesman for Britain's Department for Transport told AFP: "We are not aware of anything in London."

Police said they had examined the suspicious package at East Midlands Airport in the early hours of Friday, before announcing there was no threat mid-morning.

However, they reinstalled security cordons at about 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).

"The package is being re-examined as a precaution and as such the cordons that were originally put in place have been reinstated as a precaution," said the police statement.

"This has meant that a freight distribution building and a number of offices have been closed together with internal airport roads... The airport continues to operate as normal and has been throughout."

© 2010 AFP

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