Terror arrest at Gatwick Airport

Counter-terror officers have arrested a 55-year-old man at Gatwick Airport.

Scotland Yard said the 55-year-old was arrested on Saturday. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The suspect was held on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications after flying into the UK from Morocco, police said.

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Scotland Yard said he was arrested shortly after 11am on Saturday and is in custody at a police station in south London.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “On Saturday April 7, detectives from the Met’s counter-terrorism command arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006.”