Officers were unable to locate the driver or see inside the van. Police said the bomb disposal unit carried out the controlled explosions and there was no suggestion of “any other threats to the airport”.
Eyewitnesses reported an increase in armed police at the airport and the presence of a bomb disposal robot.
Insp Gary Medland, from Gatwick Police, said: “We are aware that this is likely to cause significant disruption to people arriving or departing North Terminal by car, especially at this time of day.
“However, it is important that we establish whether this vehicle poses any threat and the cordon has been put in place for the safety of everyone visiting and working at the airport.
“There is no suggestion that there are any other threats to the airport and both police and security staff are actively checking all areas.”
They are now looking for two men who entered the car park in the untaxed, uninsured and unregistered van. The men were seen to push up a barrier to gain access to the car park before leaving the van on the ground floor.
Gatwick Airport said the incident has not affected any incoming or outgoing flights.
1st May, 2013
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