LONDON: A Frenchman who triggered an evacuation of one of Britain’s busiest airports on Saturday has been charged with possessing an air rifle and a knife, police said on Sunday.
Police said Jerome Chauris, unemployed and of no fixed address from Vendome, in central France, had been carrying the rifle and a lock knife — a type of folding blade — at London’s Gatwick Airport.
Carrying a “dangerous article” in an airport, and carrying a knife in public “without good reason” are illegal in Britain.
Chauris, 41, was seen acting suspiciously and discarding an item in a bin at the busy transport hub, said police, who evacuated an airport terminal and brought in bomb disposal experts to carry out a small controlled explosion.
British security forces have been on high alert since gun and bomb attacks claimed by the self-styled Islamic State group killed 129 people in Paris on Friday.
Chauris has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on Monday.