Luton Airport has been evacuated following a security alert, disrupting air travel for thousands of passengers.
The airport said all incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the airport has been closed.
Bedfordshire Police were contacted by concerned airport staff just after 1.30pm
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A spokeswoman for the airport said: ‘London Luton Airport has evacuated the terminal building after a suspicious item was found in the security search area.
‘The decision has been taken with the police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff.’
She added: ‘We understand passengers will be frustrated by the delays they are experiencing.
‘We are working closely with the police to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced unnecessarily but we must ensure that the safety and security of all our passengers and staff remains our top priority.’
Britain recently raised its international terrorism alert to its second-highest level, saying Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq posed the country’s greatest-ever security risk.