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Briton held after flight diverted

A flight from London was diverted to Boston after a British passenger allegedly assaulted a travelling companion, US police said.

Massachusetts state police said troopers arrested 48-year-old Darren Halliwell, of Aspull, after the Houston-bound British Airways flight landed at Logan International Airport around noon today.

Halliwell was charged with interfering with a flight crew. Police said it took multiple passengers to restrain him.

Halliwell allegedly assaulted a woman who was travelling with him, sources said. More charges could be filed.

A statement released by British Airways said customers and crew should not have to suffer any form of abuse. The airline said such behaviour will not be tolerated.

The plane continued to Houston after Halliwell was arrested. He is expected to be arraigned tomorrow.

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