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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2007, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Holyrood to honour airport heroes
Michael Kerr and John Smeaton
Michael Kerr and John Smeaton both went to the aid of police
Members of the public who helped police officers during the failed car bomb attack on Glasgow Airport are to be recognised by the Scottish Parliament.

They are to be invited to an official reception in Glasgow in August hosted by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Two men were arrested on 30 June after a Jeep was driven into the airport's main terminal building and set on fire.

One has been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions. The other suffered 90% burns and remains in hospital.

Mr Salmond said that although medals and honours were not a matter for him, acknowledging people's role in dealing with the suspected car bomb attempt was.

Threat level

"Theirs was a splendid display of fortitude and we acknowledge the resilience of the Scottish community as a whole," he said.

"The reception and acknowledgement of people's role, in an appropriate setting, in an appropriate way, is a matter for me and will take place."

Meanwhile, it emerged that there were no armed police officers on duty when the terminal building was attacked.

The men arrested at the airport were tackled by an unarmed officer, an off-duty policeman who was passing by, and members of the public.

A force spokeswoman said armed officers were only deployed to the airport when the national threat level required it.

The government raised the threat level to "critical" for a short period after the attack.




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