Stansted Airport continues to monitor security following Manchester Arena attack

PUBLISHED: 19:48 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 20:15 24 May 2017

Aerial shot of Stansted Airport. Picture: MARK DAVISON/STANSTED AIRPORT

Aerial shot of Stansted Airport. Picture: MARK DAVISON/STANSTED AIRPORT

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Stansted Airport says it is continuing to monitor the security situation closely following the increase of the national threat status to critical.

Additional police officers are patrolling the Essex hub, but the airport is advising passengers to continue with their travel plans as normal, and there is currently no disruption to operations.

A man was arrested by counter-terror police at Stansted on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism on Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old man was stopped before boarding a flight to Turkey, and it is believed he was planning to travel on to Syria.

He was arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, although the arrest was not connected to the Manchester Arena attack, Scotland Yard said.

Daniel Gallo, Stansted Airport’s security and customer service director, said: “Following the Government announcement to increase the UK threat status to critical, we are in close contact with the relevant authorities and can confirm there is currently no disruption to operations at Stansted Airport.

“Passengers are advised to continue with their travel plans as normal and check the latest information during the course of the day.

“In line with established protocols, passengers will see additional police officers patrolling the airport to provide reassurance and ensure the safety of passengers, staff and airport infrastructure.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update passengers where necessary.”

Essex Police said today: “In Essex from Wednesday onwards people will see an increased police presence - including armed officers and other specialist units - across the country and at key sites, such as train stations and other crowded places to help protect and reassure the public.”

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