Stansted deportation protestors lock themselves inside plane

Three people have been arrested after anti-deportation protesters locked themselves to a plane at London Stansted Airport.

Flights were temporarily suspended at the airport 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.

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Campaign group End Deportations said eight activists had locked themselves to a tripod to stop a "mass deportation charter flight" from the Essex airport to Nigeria and Ghana.

Stansted Airport said police had contained the incident but flights were suspended while they carried out further inspections.

The protest was on a "remote part of the airfield" not by the main passenger terminal, a spokesman for the airport said.

He added: "Flights are currently suspended but there have not been any affected at the moment as it is a quiet period.

"The police have contained whatever the protest is and they are just carrying out further inspections. We hope to resume operations fairly shortly."

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