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RAF fighters escort plane in flight alert

A PASSENGER on a Heathrow-bound flight intercepted by RAF jets was wanted by police.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore was met by two jets and escorted to Stansted after authorities received a ‘vague security threat through an anonymous phone call’, the airline said. A 52-year-old man on the Airbus A330 was due to be arrested by the Metropolitan Police at Heathrow on suspicion of fraud offences in the UK but was instead detained at the Essex airport.

Police would not confirm if he was the same passenger as one reportedly causing a disruption on the flight, but said the incident was ‘not believed to be a hijack situation or a terror matter’.

The airline said: ‘The authorities received an anonymous phone call and then followed standard operating procedure by diverting the plane. All passengers on board are safe.’

After being held for two hours, the plane was allowed to resume its journey to Heathrow.

■ A DAD from Derby has been stopped by airport officials for the 42nd time in under three years. Building developer Ahmed Ali, 40, believes he is the ‘most stopped man in the country’, and was most recently pulled aside in Bordeaux, France, on Thursday, when he was stopped from boarding a Ryanair flight.