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Fri 11 Mar, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

These allegations have to be taken seriously and precautions needed to be taken

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Two gay men reportedly caused a bomb scare that brought London Heathrow Airport to a stop after they had a row and one of the men made a false accusation to the police.

Following an emergency call to 999 police were alerted of a man reportedly carrying explosives within Heathrow Terminal 5 but it later turned out to be a hoax and the result of a lovers tiff.

Armed officers were forced to mount a 72-year-old man following accusations the suspected man was in possession of a high level of explosives and was looking to detonate them within the Terminal.

Later finding now explosives it has now emerged that the man in question is in fact in a Civil Partnership with another man, who is in his thirties and the pair had had an argument.

The partner in his thirties has now been arrested for causing the false accusations that cause the airport to come to a standstill.

Passengers and staff were evacuated from the Terminal and it was closed form about 1pm whilst police searched and questioned the man, causing mass disruptions and thousands of pounds lost through delayed flights.

According to the Evening Standard a source said: "Someone gave the man's name and said that he had a bomb in his bag and was on his way to blow something up. He did not specify what.

"These allegations have to be taken seriously and precautions needed to be taken. Once the man at Heathrow was stopped and searched he was quickly ruled out."

Officers have assured that the man will face prosecution for wasting police time and a bomb hoax, which is taken very seriously, saying: "We take a very serious view about this sort of thing. Three police forces de-
ployed significant numbers of officers and this event had an impact on people's lives."

Members of the public and staff were all said to be extremely worried about the scare and potential terrorist attack.


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