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Gatwick Airport: Frenchman Who Sparked Major Security Alert Due In Court

16/11/2015 09:03 GMT | Updated 16/11/2015 09:59 GMT

A Frenchman who is accused of going into Gatwick Airport with an air rifle and a knife, just as Europe was reeling from the Paris terror attacks, will appear in court today.

Jerome Chauris, 41, from Vendome, France, is scheduled to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court, The Press Association reports.

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Travellers at Gatwick Airport's North Terminal

He is charged with possession of a dangerous article in an aerodrome and possession of a blade in a public place.

The incident, which took place at around 9.30am on Saturday, sparked a major security alert and passengers were forced to evacuate the North Terminal for six hours.

In a statement, Sussex Police said: "Jerome Chauris, 41, unemployed and of no fixed address, but from Vendome, France, has been charged with possessing a dangerous article (an air rifle weapon) in any part of an aerodrome (Aviation Security Act 1982) and possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed article (a lock knife) in a public place (Criminal Justice Act 1988)."