Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Weekend bomb scare halts border

The border was closed to cars and pedestrians for over an hour on Saturday as the RAF bomb squad carried out controlled explosions on two suitcases left unattended in the air terminal.

Long tailbacks could be seen in the approaches to the Spanish side of the frontier. There was also gridlock locally as all access to the airport and the border was sealed off, causing traffic chaos on Devil’s Tower Road and Winston Churchill Avenue.

The incident happened as passengers were arriving to check in for the evening flights to London. They were forced to evacuate the building until the area was made safe.

The incident turned out to be a false alarm, though the authorities stressed the need to remain vigilant.

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