Anti-deportation protesters halt Stansted flights

Anti-deportation protesters halt Stansted flights

Three arrests have been made after anti-deportation protectors locked themselves to an aircraft at Stansted.

Flights were temporarily suspended on Tuesday evening after the group entered a secure area and erected a blockade near a non-commercial runway.

Police quickly contained the incident and flights resumed, but several activists remained at the scene into the early hours of Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Campaign group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) said some of its members, along with individuals from End Deportations and Plane Stupid, were behind the bid to halt a “mass deportation flight” due to fly to Nigeria and Ghana.

The group said a protest involving eight activists had forced the cancellation of the flight and its crew were seen leaving the aircraft.

An airport spokesman said it was a “quiet period” and flights had resumed by 11.15pm on Tuesday.

Essex Police said they were called at 9.30pm after protesters “gained access to Stansted airport air-side”.

A spokesman said: “Protesters entered and locked themselves on to an aircraft destined for Nigeria. Officers are currently at the scene and we are in the process of removing them.”

Three arrests have been made so far, although no more details were given.

Acting assistant chief constable Sean O’Callaghan said: “We have contingency plans in place for any incident at the airport and have quickly contained the protesters in one area with minimal impact on airport operations and procedures.

“We continue to work closely with our partners and the airport authority as we are working to apprehend the protesters quickly and effectively.”

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