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Man at Airport Held on Weapons Charges

January 18, 2002|Times Wire Services

British police arrested a man trying to board a flight to the United States after a knife was allegedly found in his socks, a spokeswoman for London's Heathrow Airport said.

The Briton, who has been charged with a weapons offense under aviation security laws, was stopped at a routine security checkpoint while trying to board a British Airways flight bound Wednesday for Seattle.

A police spokeswoman identified the man as Ian Ashley, 54, a racing driver instructor from Newark in Nottinghamshire, central England. He was released on bail pending a court appearance Feb. 1.

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