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Paris Attacks: Frenchman Charged With Possessing An Air Rifle And Knife After Gatwick Airport Evacuation

15/11/2015 13:21 | Updated 15 November 2015
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
  • 129 dead, French prosecutor says, with 352 injured, 99 critically
  • Restaurants, football stadium, rock concert attacked in night of horror
  • One attacker named as 29-year-old Omar Ismail Mostefai, a Frenchman who was flagged for Islamic radicalism links
  • French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
  • Seven extremists in three teams carried out attacks, all wearing identical suicide belts, all killed
  • A Frenchman has been charged with possession of an air rifle and a knife following a major security alert at Gatwick airport on Saturday.

    Massive disruption was caused at the North Terminal around 9.30am when Sussex Police were alerted to the "suspicious actions" of a 41-year-old man.

    Jerome Chauris, from Vendome, is due to appear in court on Monday.

    Police said he was unemployed, and of no fixed abode.

    Police were called to the airport after a man was seen discarding an item in a bin in the "landside" area of the airport which precedes the security checks.

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist officers carried out a small controlled explosion and also recovered "what appears to be a firearm" which was removed for forensic examination.

    Passengers and staff were allowed to return to the terminal about six hours after the alert, which forced police to evacuate the site, although the South Terminal remained operational throughout.

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