24 OCTOBER 2016
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London City Airport had to be evacuated on Friday after a suspected chemical incident left people needing treatment for breathing difficulties. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said about 500 people were affected, with ambulance staff treating 26 patients at the scene and taking two to hospital.
The area round the airport was already on alert after a 19-year old man was arrested on Wednesday by counter-terrorism police after a suspicious device was blown up in a controlled explosion at North Greenwich Tube station.
The airport was declared "safe" after Friday’s incident at about 19:00 after police found what was thought to be a CS gas spray. They said later they were not treating the case as "terrorist related".
A statement added: "While the cause of the incident has not yet been confirmed, officers are investigating whether it was the result of an accidental discharge of the spray."
In Wednesday’s incident, officers used tasers during the arrest and the man was taken to a London police station, where he remains in custody.
The incident caused North Greenwich tube station to be evacuated, disrupting the travel plans not only of those heading for LCY but also trying to reach the O2, one of London's top entertainment venues.
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