Page last updated at 11:28 GMT, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:28 UK

Taser stops armed man at Gatwick

A man who was spotted carrying a handgun has been shot with a Taser stun gun by police at Gatwick Airport.

The man, in his 40s, was disarmed by officers after he arrived at South Terminal in the early hours.

The alarm was raised after a passenger on a bus he boarded in Crawley, West Sussex, saw him with a gun, Sussex Police said.

Gatwick Airport said there was no suggestion that threats had been made to passengers or aircraft.

Sussex Police said a man was arrested and is currently being questioned.

'No-one harmed'

Ch Supt Paul Morrison said: "This incident was dealt with promptly by my officers.

"Such incidents are rare and the speed and professionalism in which it was resolved meant that no-one at the airport was harmed."

Head of security at Gatwick Airport, Geoff Williams, said: "The joint security arrangements between the airport and the police worked effectively to resolve the situation promptly and without injury.

"There is no suggestion, at this stage, that threats were made to passengers or aircraft."

Sussex Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them.



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