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15th Jun 2022

Man arrested at Gatwick airport on suspicion of being ‘a spy for Putin’

Danny Jones

Man arrested on suspicion of being a 'spy for Putin'

He was due to be boarding an outbound flight to an undisclosed country

A man has been arrested at Gatwick Aiport on suspicion of being “a spy for Putin” and has now been taken into custody by counter-terrorism police.

The suspect, a man in his 40s, was arrested on Monday evening as he awaited an outbound flight; he was accused of spying on behalf of Vladimir Putin’s regime, according to The Sun.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: “We can confirm that officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested a man in his 40s at Gatwick Airport on Monday 13 June on suspicion of offences under Section One of the Official Secrets Act 1911.”

This specific clause relates to information contained within notes, plans or sketches which may be useful to an enemy.

He is currently being held in Hammersmith police station as inquiries continue; authorities have declined to confirm where exactly the individual was set to be flying to.

Elsewhere, the UK government has already warned of Russian cyberattacks in the UK and across Europe following assistance to Ukraine, with a series of strategic attacks confirmed to have taken place back in May.

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