Anti-terror police were scrambled to Luton Airport yesterday after reports of men watching planes with a range-finder.
Police officers and sniffer dogs searched several fields near Manor Road in Luton; the fields are in directly under the flight paths of aircraft using the busy airport. Luton is Britain’s fifth larges airport and handles 12 million passengers a year. The police were alerted to the men’s presence by a 999 call that detailed the “suspicious activity.”
The man who made the emergency call wishes to remain anonymous, but said:
“There were two Asian men using a range finder and they were watching the planes going past. It just didn’t feel right so I called the police.”
A spokesman for the police said: “Further inquiries are on-going at this time and local officers are in the area to reassure residents. There is no intelligence to suggest anyone is in any danger at this time. Following our standard protocols when dealing with a suspicious incident in areas close to airports we can confirm that the Eastern Regional Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit have also been assisting with this inquiry.”
It is understood that no arrests have been made at this time. The UK terror alert remains at “Severe” as authorities fear the UK is in real danger of a terrorist attack.