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UK News Dominic Raab's bodyguard sparks police dash after gun found on plane

05:01  19 september  2020
05:01  19 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Dominic Raab ' s bodyguard sparked a police scramble at Heathrow airport after leaving his loaded, semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol on the seat of a plane . The alarm was raised by a cleaner after she found the unattended weapon in its holster on board the United Airlines jet from Washington DC

Dominic Raab ' s bodyguard has been "removed from operational duties" after allegedly leaving his gun on a plane at Heathrow. A cleaner is reported to have found the loaded Glock 19 pistol in its holster on a seat on the United Airlines flight after it landed in London on Friday.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Dominic Raab's bodyguard sparked a police scramble at Heathrow airport after leaving his loaded, semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol on the seat of a plane.

The alarm was raised by a cleaner after she found the unattended weapon in its holster on board the United Airlines jet from Washington DC before officers descended on the scene.

But they were eventually stood down after realising the gun belonged to a protection officer assigned to the Foreign Secretary who had been in the US to discuss the issues of Brexit and Northern Ireland with political leaders.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had travelled to the US when a police protection officer left a gun on the plane . The gun was reportedly found by a cleaner. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this

Dominic Raab ’ s bodyguard has been removed from active duty after his loaded gun was reportedly found by a cleaner on the seat of a plane . The gun , believed to be a 9mm Glock 17 pistol, was only discovered as cleaners came on board after all passengers had left. Police rushed to the scene

The Metropolitan Police have since confirmed that the security officer has been suspended from operational firearms duties pending an investigation.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Daily Mail

The United Airlines flight landed at Heathrow's Terminal 2 shortly before 6.30am yesterday.

'The protection officer began sorting out passports and preparing to escort Mr Raab off the flight,' a source told The Sun.

'For whatever reason, he took off his holster with the loaded Glock pistol inside and laid it on the seat.

'The officer then went off with the Foreign Secretary, leaving the gun behind. The cleaners came on and one of them found the gun in its holster.

'She was understandably shocked and called for help and police were called.'

a close up of a gun: The alarm was raised by a cleaner after she found the unattended weapon (stock image) in its holster on board the jet from Washington DC before officers descended on the scene © Provided by Daily Mail The alarm was raised by a cleaner after she found the unattended weapon (stock image) in its holster on board the jet from Washington DC before officers descended on the scene a large passenger jet flying through a cloudy blue sky: The United Airlines flight (stock image) landed at Heathrow's Terminal 2 shortly before 6.30am earlier today © Provided by Daily Mail The United Airlines flight (stock image) landed at Heathrow's Terminal 2 shortly before 6.30am earlier today

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told MailOnline: 'We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

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'The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place.'

Civil Aviation Authority rules allow UK police to carry firearms on board in 'specific, controlled circumstances'.

The Foreign Office has been contacted for comment.

Earlier this year, one of David Cameron's security officers was suspended after he also left his gun, believed to be a 9mm Glock 17, in a toilet on board an aircraft.

It had been found along with Mr Cameron's passport and that of his bodyguard.

A terrified passenger handed the stash to flight attendants on board the British Airways scheduled service from New York to London with take-off delayed by an hour because of the commotion.

The officer was later removed from operational duties and is expected to face disciplinary action and an investigation by the force's Directorate of Professional Standards.

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Dominic Raab ’ s bodyguard caused police brutality at Heathrow airport after leaving his loaded The alarm was raised by a cleaner after she found the unguarded weapon in the holster on board the The officer then left with the secretary of state and left the gun . The cleaners arrived and one of them

A police protection officer who was travelling with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been suspended from duties after leaving his gun on a plane . A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this matter

David Cameron et al. standing on top of a car: Earlier this year, one of David Cameron's bodyguards was suspended after he also left his gun, believed to be a 9mm Glock 17, in a toilet on board an aircraft. Pictured: The former PM on board a flight in 2010 © Provided by Daily Mail Earlier this year, one of David Cameron's bodyguards was suspended after he also left his gun, believed to be a 9mm Glock 17, in a toilet on board an aircraft. Pictured: The former PM on board a flight in 2010

Speaking at the time of the incident, a passenger said: 'A guy started to show pictures on his phone of a gun and two passports – one was David Cameron's – he said he found it in the toilet. 'They were just resting on the side by the sink.

'He was stunned by what he saw. Later the man pointed out the bodyguard as he came through our section.

'He was dressed casually, in jeans and a black and grey striped top.'

Mr Raab had been in Washington to meet politicians threatening to block a UK-US trade deal if Boris Johnson breaks international law during the Brexit deal.

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Officer suspended from duties after cleaner reportedly finds weapon.

A police protection officer who was travelling with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been suspended from duties after leaving his gun on a plane . A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this matter

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