Essex Police to up security patrols at Stansted Airport this Easter to reassure holiday-makers following Brussels attacks

The main terminal building at Stansted Airport

The main terminal building at Stansted Airport - Credit: Archant

Extra security measures including sniffer dogs will be used at Stansted Airport this bank holiday weekend in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.

Essex Police is working with airport staff to provide additional visibility and reassurance to holiday-makers over Easter.

Chief Inspector Jon Hayter, of Essex Police, said the threat level at Stansted Airport remained the same.

However, he added: “Sniffer dogs as well as a wide range of officers with specialist skills will be on duty to keep people safe.

“If anyone has any concerns, I’d urge them to speak to our officers at the airport who will be happy to help.”


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At least 31 people were killed and 300 injured in explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station on Tuesday.

The so-called Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks.

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Karen Smart, customer service and security director for Stansted Airport, said: “The safety and security of passengers and staff will always be our top priority so following recent events at Brussels Airport, and as a precautionary measure, Essex Police presence has been increased at Stansted to provide further reassurance as we continue to closely monitor the situation.”

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