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Sussex student’s comment sparks bomb scare

A teenager brought an airport to a halt after sparking a bomb scare.

The 17-year-old student from Sussex was travelling with his family from Newquay in Cornwall to Gatwick airport when he made a remark about how his granddad, an 84-year-old retired doctor, should be the one being searched.

Security staff acted on the comment and the family were detained. To make matters worse, a swab sample of the granddad’s shoe – taken during the search – came back positive for peroxide, during the incident on Friday, December 28, at about 2.30pm.

After an extensive search it transpired the sample is likely to have been some residue bleach.

But the scare prompted all roads to the Cornish airport to be closed as a precaution.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously.

'Extremely vigilant'

“Security staff at the airport were extremely vigilant and we closed roads around the facility for a short time while the incident was going on.

“Any travellers should be well aware of their obligations as a passenger and offenders will be dealt with robustly.”

The suspect and his family were only allowed on their way once police were satisfied that they posed no risk to the public, and were obliged to buy replacement tickets from the airline which agreed to them flying.

The boy was handed an £80 fine for wasting police time.

It is not the first time someone from Sussex has been involved in a bomb hoax.

Bomb threat

Mathew Davis, of Commonwealth Drive in Three Bridges, wrote a bomb threat on a British Airways jet’s toilet door mid-flight so he could “save the day”.

The 22-year-old crew member hoped the stunt would mean he would be |portrayed as a hero and get a promotion.

But instead it cost him his job and he was jailed for six months in August last year.

And in 2011, Harry Greer, from Crowborough, was jailed after he dialled 999 to report a hoax bomb in a railway tunnel.

Emergency services raced to the scene and searched for more than five hours, during which time rail services in East Sussex were severely delayed.

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11:31am Mon 7 Jan 13

Hove Actually says...

The 17-year-old student from Sussex was travelling with his family from Newquay in Cornwall to Gatwick airport when he made a remark about how his granddad, an 84-year-old retired doctor, should be the one being searched

If this is all he said then we really need to take stock of what our fight on terrorism has cost us
The 17-year-old student from Sussex was travelling with his family from Newquay in Cornwall to Gatwick airport when he made a remark about how his granddad, an 84-year-old retired doctor, should be the one being searched If this is all he said then we really need to take stock of what our fight on terrorism has cost us Hove Actually
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11:37am Mon 7 Jan 13

davyboy says...

how stupid can some people be. any remark, however trivial, will be taken seriously at any airport. this 'kid', and thats all he is, should have the full extent of the law thrown at him. this sort of stupidity is what causes delays to others.
how stupid can some people be. any remark, however trivial, will be taken seriously at any airport. this 'kid', and thats all he is, should have the full extent of the law thrown at him. this sort of stupidity is what causes delays to others. davyboy
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11:58am Mon 7 Jan 13

Fercri Sakes says...

Hove Actually wrote:
The 17-year-old student from Sussex was travelling with his family from Newquay in Cornwall to Gatwick airport when he made a remark about how his granddad, an 84-year-old retired doctor, should be the one being searched

If this is all he said then we really need to take stock of what our fight on terrorism has cost us
Exactly. The terrorists aim is to get us to change our behaviour through fear. Seems like they're winning if things like this are happening.

And funny to read two comments below yours attacking a 17 year old boy for his comments, although it's not very clear what exactly was said to whom.

Hopefully this post wont result in a knock on the door from the plod telling me I've broken some post 9/11 law and then a long spell in Belmarsh.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: The 17-year-old student from Sussex was travelling with his family from Newquay in Cornwall to Gatwick airport when he made a remark about how his granddad, an 84-year-old retired doctor, should be the one being searched If this is all he said then we really need to take stock of what our fight on terrorism has cost us[/p][/quote]Exactly. The terrorists aim is to get us to change our behaviour through fear. Seems like they're winning if things like this are happening. And funny to read two comments below yours attacking a 17 year old boy for his comments, although it's not very clear what exactly was said to whom. Hopefully this post wont result in a knock on the door from the plod telling me I've broken some post 9/11 law and then a long spell in Belmarsh. Fercri Sakes
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12:01pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Bobbin Robin says...

Al Qaeda, Cornwall branch, foiled again.

It's one thing being suitably vigilant about real security threats,as most reasonable people understand nowadays. It's quite another 'doing a PC Angel/Hot Fuzz' on someone ill-advised enough to let loose an admittedly asinine comment where/when they should know better,

'Security staff at the airport were extremely vigilant..Any travellers should be well aware of their obligations as a passenger and offenders will be dealt with robustly.'

Translation:
We'll get sued and/or fired unless we ALWAYS over-react. It's absolutely your problem, not ours, if we close down an airport. (Fun as well, using all our cool guns and car sirens). Blam, blam!
Al Qaeda, Cornwall branch, foiled again. It's one thing being suitably vigilant about real security threats,as most reasonable people understand nowadays. It's quite another 'doing a PC Angel/Hot Fuzz' on someone ill-advised enough to let loose an admittedly asinine comment where/when they should know better, 'Security staff at the airport were extremely vigilant..Any travellers should be well aware of their obligations as a passenger and offenders will be dealt with robustly.' Translation: We'll get sued and/or fired unless we ALWAYS over-react. It's absolutely your problem, not ours, if we close down an airport. (Fun as well, using all our cool guns and car sirens). Blam, blam! Bobbin Robin
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12:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

gaz scott says...

Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.
Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky. gaz scott
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12:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

willy harris says...

another case of misspent money ,educating this stupid boy,all the teaching in the universe couldnt stop him making a remark like thatits all ok for the readers saying its a bit of over reaction on behalf of security staff at gatwick,but how about if they just said ,oh well its only a boyish prank,,and then they found out that in fact there was something to hide,,i.e. drugs. guns, bombs,,etc,,anyone that overheard this remark would all of a sudden start shouting how they heard the boy say it ..BUT, the security did nothing,,you cant have it all ways guys,either secure or not,,,think about it.
another case of misspent money ,educating this stupid boy,all the teaching in the universe couldnt stop him making a remark like thatits all ok for the readers saying its a bit of over reaction on behalf of security staff at gatwick,but how about if they just said ,oh well its only a boyish prank,,and then they found out that in fact there was something to hide,,i.e. drugs. guns, bombs,,etc,,anyone that overheard this remark would all of a sudden start shouting how they heard the boy say it ..BUT, the security did nothing,,you cant have it all ways guys,either secure or not,,,think about it. willy harris
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12:27pm Mon 7 Jan 13

willy harris says...

davyboy wrote:
how stupid can some people be. any remark, however trivial, will be taken seriously at any airport. this 'kid', and thats all he is, should have the full extent of the law thrown at him. this sort of stupidity is what causes delays to others.
i agree.
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: how stupid can some people be. any remark, however trivial, will be taken seriously at any airport. this 'kid', and thats all he is, should have the full extent of the law thrown at him. this sort of stupidity is what causes delays to others.[/p][/quote]i agree. willy harris
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1:05pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

gaz scott wrote:
Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.
Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really.

LOL
[quote][p][bold]gaz scott[/bold] wrote: Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.[/p][/quote]Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really. LOL Somethingsarejustwrong
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1:17pm Mon 7 Jan 13

gaz scott says...

Somethingsarejustwro
ng
wrote:
gaz scott wrote:
Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.
Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really.

LOL
Did the comment make a whooshing sound as it flew over your head?
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gaz scott[/bold] wrote: Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.[/p][/quote]Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really. LOL[/p][/quote]Did the comment make a whooshing sound as it flew over your head? gaz scott
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1:56pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

How pathetic. Are the security staff unable to detect when somebody is joking especially when it is between family members?
How pathetic. Are the security staff unable to detect when somebody is joking especially when it is between family members? Morpheus
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2:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

But the scare prompted all roads to the Cornish airport to be closed as a precaution.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously.

DEAR ARGUS STAFF

It's got Gatwick airport near to the beginning of this story and then the above appears???????

Has Gatwick moved?

I thought East Sussex police would cover Gatwick airport?

There are some very strange things going on AND it's not even April 1st
But the scare prompted all roads to the Cornish airport to be closed as a precaution. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously. DEAR ARGUS STAFF It's got Gatwick airport near to the beginning of this story and then the above appears??????? Has Gatwick moved? I thought East Sussex police would cover Gatwick airport? There are some very strange things going on AND it's not even April 1st getThisCoalitionOut
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2:45pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Colonel Angus says...

I blame the parents.
I blame the parents. Colonel Angus
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3:06pm Mon 7 Jan 13

monkeymoo says...

Just to confirm......

Boy says " you should search my granddad".....

Security team searches granddad....

Security team find POSITIVE READING for peroxide......

Boy then fined £80.

How the hell is that possible? Surely everyone did their job properly, and the boy was correct. Why did he get fined?

lol.
Just to confirm...... Boy says " you should search my granddad"..... Security team searches granddad.... Security team find POSITIVE READING for peroxide...... Boy then fined £80. How the hell is that possible? Surely everyone did their job properly, and the boy was correct. Why did he get fined? lol. monkeymoo
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3:27pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
But the scare prompted all roads to the Cornish airport to be closed as a precaution.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously.

DEAR ARGUS STAFF

It's got Gatwick airport near to the beginning of this story and then the above appears???????

Has Gatwick moved?

I thought East Sussex police would cover Gatwick airport?

There are some very strange things going on AND it's not even April 1st
He was returning home from Newquay to Gatwick. It states this early in the story. At no point does it say the incident occurred at Gatwick.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: But the scare prompted all roads to the Cornish airport to be closed as a precaution. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously. DEAR ARGUS STAFF It's got Gatwick airport near to the beginning of this story and then the above appears??????? Has Gatwick moved? I thought East Sussex police would cover Gatwick airport? There are some very strange things going on AND it's not even April 1st[/p][/quote]He was returning home from Newquay to Gatwick. It states this early in the story. At no point does it say the incident occurred at Gatwick. Sarah Booker Lewis
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9:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

gaz scott wrote:
Somethingsarejustwro

ng
wrote:
gaz scott wrote:
Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.
Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really.

LOL
Did the comment make a whooshing sound as it flew over your head?
How refreshing
[quote][p][bold]gaz scott[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gaz scott[/bold] wrote: Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.[/p][/quote]Ah but some just can't help but make ridiculous comments regardless of circumstances and need........Bit like you really. LOL[/p][/quote]Did the comment make a whooshing sound as it flew over your head?[/p][/quote]How refreshing Somethingsarejustwrong
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11:03am Tue 8 Jan 13

trystero says...

Colonel Angus wrote:
I blame the parents.
I agree.

I also blame the teachers, the students (that's ALL students, not just this one), the unions, the cyclists, the travellers, the squatters and the "immigrants".

Oh, and The Greens. For everything.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Angus[/bold] wrote: I blame the parents.[/p][/quote]I agree. I also blame the teachers, the students (that's ALL students, not just this one), the unions, the cyclists, the travellers, the squatters and the "immigrants". Oh, and The Greens. For everything. trystero
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11:40am Tue 8 Jan 13

Weirdorama says...

gaz scott wrote:
Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.
Lets face it, as a 17 year old there isn't going to be many things as funny as nearly getting your grandfather arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
[quote][p][bold]gaz scott[/bold] wrote: Real terrorists are very clever and know they have to resist the temptation to say something that might draw attention to themselves. Sneaky.[/p][/quote]Lets face it, as a 17 year old there isn't going to be many things as funny as nearly getting your grandfather arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Weirdorama
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12:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

monkeymoo says...

I still fail to see what was wrong!

He suspected someone....
He told the security staff....
They searched the man....
They found positive readings for explosives.....

Why was he (the student) then fined?
Surely everyone involved carried out their jobs perfectly well. The student should be commended for not allowing a terrorist (with explosives) onto a flight!
I still fail to see what was wrong! He suspected someone.... He told the security staff.... They searched the man.... They found positive readings for explosives..... Why was he (the student) then fined? Surely everyone involved carried out their jobs perfectly well. The student should be commended for not allowing a terrorist (with explosives) onto a flight! monkeymoo
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2:50pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Thumper Hove says...

Just an £80 fine? He (and his parents) should be given a fine which covers the police cost and loss in revenue to the airport. Even the stupidest of students must be aware that you don't make jokes about bombs & searches in an airport.

Maybe the authorities were being overcautious, but surely better to be safe than sorry, especially as there were traces of chemicals found?
Just an £80 fine? He (and his parents) should be given a fine which covers the police cost and loss in revenue to the airport. Even the stupidest of students must be aware that you don't make jokes about bombs & searches in an airport. Maybe the authorities were being overcautious, but surely better to be safe than sorry, especially as there were traces of chemicals found? Thumper Hove
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