Security staff at Manchester Airport seized bullets from a passenger at the weekend, it has been revealed.
As the UK remains on high alert with the possibility of a terrorist attack rated ‘highly likely’, the airport alarm was raised after the ammunition was discovered during routine checks on the Norwegian passenger’s luggage in Terminal 3 on Sunday night.
The bullets were seized and the man was questioned before being allowed to board his flight and continue on his journey.
Airport authorities later reported their inquiries revealed the passenger was allowed to carry the ammunition legally in his homeland for sport but had not completed the required paperwork before travelling with the bullets.
The emergency services remain on high alert as MI5 has deemed the current threat from terrorism is ‘severe’, which means an attack considered ‘highly likely’ in the UK.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 7.10pm on Sunday, May 22, police were called to Terminal 3 at Manchester Airport to reports of a passenger in possession of ammunition.
“The man was a Norwegian national and had the relevant certification/licences to carry ammunition legally in Norway.
“Following consultation with the Norwegian authorities it was determined the man posed no threat and was allowed to continue his travels after police confiscated the items.
“The man fully co-operated with officers and airport staff throughout.”