Security alert after gunman spotted near Gatwick runway

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Police

Reports of a gunman spotted near a runway at Gatwick Airport sparked a major security alert.

Police rushed to the scene after the man - armed with a rifle and dressed in black - was seen climbing into a field backing onto the airport runway.

But officers discovered that the gunman was a farmer ‘legitimately shooting vermin.’

Police, who revealed details of the alert today, say the incident happened on Good Friday.