Recap – East Midlands Airport ‘evacuated after suspicious device found’

East Midlands Airport was evacuated after a suspicious device was found in an item of hand luggage. Police later said the device posed no risk to the public and the airport was reopened.

A spokesman for the airport said there was a “full response” to the incident. It comes amid chaos at airports causing travel delays across the country.

Some passengers have decided to fly from East Midlands rather than Birmingham Airport after being put off by queues. Today, we reported passengers departing from BHX were warning others to “arrive five hours early”.

READ MORE:Why there are constant queues at Birmingham and Manchester Airports

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “Shortly after 3.10pm today (Tuesday 10 May) a report was received in relation to a suspicious package being located within the main terminal at East Midlands Airport. In the interest of officer and public safety the terminal has been evacuated.

“Explosive Ordnance Disposal were called to assist officers and determined the item did not pose any risk of harm to the public. No criminal offenses were identified, no-one has been arrested and the call was made in line with the appropriate protocol.”

An East Midlands Airport spokesperson said: “Following reports of a suspicious package, East Midlands Airport’s terminal was evacuated this afternoon as a precaution to enable police to carry our necessary enquiries. It has now re-opened and we are working with the airlines to get passengers away on their flights. We thank customers for their patience and understanding.”

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