Five arrested before boarding flight to UK

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Five passengers were arrested in Pakistan today as they waited to board a flight to the UK

It is understood the Pakistani nationals were detained at Islamabad airport on suspicion of immigration offences.

The flight is expected to arrive in Britain on time tonight despite the earlier arrests.

The Airblue ED220 flight is due to land at Manchester Airport at 7.30pm as scheduled, according to a spokesman for the airport.

He said: "The flight left on time.

"From what we understand, these people were arrested before boarding."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force had so far not been asked to conduct inquiries into the arrests or to step up security at Manchester Airport.