Sat, Sep 24, 2005
Suitcase-Carrying Man Tried To Run From Police At Manchester
A man described by
British police as a terror suspect was tasered on the tarmac of
Manchester Airport as he tried to run from officers. Investigators
said he was carrying a suitcase -- and were wondering how he got on
the tarmac in the first place.
Thousands of passengers in Terminals One and Two were forced to
evacuate and those headed for the airport were warned away.
Roadblocks were set up around the airport before the all-clear was
sounded three hours later.
"I saw a man in a suit carrying a case and walking on the apron
between terminal one and terminal two," Ken Friar, 61, told the
Manchester Evening News.
He had been photographing planes from the top of nearby parking
"Suddenly two police vehicles drove up and the man tried to dart
"There was a bit of a scuffle," he continued. "One of the
policeman held him down and another either kicked or threw the
suitcase away. More police arrived and there was another
An Army bomb disposal team was called in to deal with the man's
As it turned out, there were no explosives in the suitcase or in
the man's car, according to authorities. Normal operations resumed
at Manchester Airport about three hours later. The investigation
continues into how the man got onto the tarmac in the first
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