Part of London’s busy Heathrow Airport was closed for a while because of a suspect package – just one highly visible sign of the critical state of alert in force in the UK after the failed terrorist attacks in Glasgow and London. Thousands of travellers were moved out of Terminal Four – and passengers were evacuated from the departure lounge so they could be searched for a second time.
More than 100 flights were cancelled before it reopened. In Glasgow a newsagents shop owned by an Asian family was burned out by a car which was reversed into the building and set alight.
Residents in Riddrie fear the blaze could have been a random act of revenge against an Asian business, after the weekend’s airport attack. Muslim leaders in Britain have praised the government for what they called its calm tone. There were clear signs of an increased state of alert on the streets of London.
Police have imposed traffic restrictions on approaches to airports. And there is a stronger police presence at other main transport hubs, like the international Waterloo Station in Central London.