Increase in prohibited items found in baggage at Gatwick

An increasing number of prohibited items, including knives, pepper spray and brass knuckles, have been found in passengers’ bags at Gatwick Airport.

Police are urging people to ensure items they are bringing into the UK are legal before getting to the airport.

Items found in recent months include small multi-tools with locking blades, small camping knives, pepper spray and brass knuckles.

Sussex Police warn that finding these items could result in a criminal conviction and the items may be confiscated or destroyed.

The Argus: Police at an airport knife incident in 2019Police at an airport knife incident in 2019

Chief Inspector Chris Veale said: “We regularly see passengers in possession of items that could constitute a criminal offense in the UK.

“All passengers using Gatwick Airport are reminded to check their bags and suitcases for potentially prohibited items.

“This is particularly relevant when some bags may not have been used for air travel since before the pandemic, or people use bags used at work where such items may be required for their job.

“British legislation is very clear that the public should not possess items classified as assault weapons and bladed items, particularly items with a lockable blade of any kind, including multi-tools and knives used for camping or outdoor activities.

The Argus: Knives are among the items found. Image from a photo agencyAmong the finds are knives. Image from a photo agency

“Passengers traveling from abroad should ensure that no items that are legal elsewhere in the world, such as B. pepper or incapacitation sprays, are not brought to the airport for the return journey.

“Possession of these items is a criminal offense and may result in a criminal conviction, confiscation and destruction of the item.

“If people are unsure about what is and isn’t allowed to be taken at the airport, they can contact their airline during booking and check-in or visit the airport’s website.”

A man was arrested on March 30 after attempting to smuggle brass knuckles through airport security.

Police stopped a man in June 2019 who threatened to “cause a massacre” while carrying a kitchen knife in each hand. Increase in prohibited items found in baggage at Gatwick

Fry Electronics Team

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