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Leeds Bradford Airport evacuated in security scare

Leeds Bradford Airport Image copyright Chris Heaton
Image caption Police said they were alerted to a suspicious package on Saturday evening

Leeds Bradford Airport was shut and staff and passengers evacuated when a suspicious package was found on Saturday evening.

West Yorkshire Police said officers had been called at 20:09 BST and placed a cordon around the scene.

A bomb disposal team also attended and the package was destroyed in a "controlled explosion".

Some flights due to land at the airport were diverted before it reopened at about midnight.

West Yorkshire Police said: "Following established procedures to protect passenger and public safety, a cordon was put in place as a precaution.

"The airport was closed for a short time whilst the matter was being investigated.

"Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team attended and the item was subject to a controlled explosion.

'Not malicious'

"The incident is not believed to be malicious or terror-related at this time. Inquiries are ongoing."

Exactly four hours after police were called, a Ryanair flight from Malaga landed at Leeds Bradford.

However, during the closure other airports including Liverpool John Lennon and East Midlands accepted flights bound for West Yorkshire.

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Image caption Some flights were diverted to other airports, including Liverpool John Lennon

Joe Burke, who was near the airport when he heard what was going on, said: "I know people who were meant to be flying in so I wanted to go and make sure everything was alright.

"The terminal was sealed off, the closest you could get was about 100m from the terminal. Even then I was asked to leave by airport security."

In a statement issued shortly after 00:30 on Sunday, Leeds Bradford bosses said: "We have now re-opened the terminal and operations have re-started.

"If you have any flight queries, please contact your airline directly."

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