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Police Arrest Two People After Gatwick Airport Drone Chaos

Police Arrest Two People After Gatwick Airport Drone Chaos

Two people have been arrested for 'criminal use of drones' after the incident which caused 1,000 flights to be delayed or cancelled at Gatwick airport this week.

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Sussex Police released a statement confirming a man and woman were arrested around 10pm on Friday night.

Superintendent James Collis said: "As part of our ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport, Sussex Police made two arrests just after 10pm on 21 December."

Police went on to say investigations in the case are still on-going and police presence at the airport is still active.

"Our investigations are still on-going, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics," the police added.

"We continue to urge the public, passengers and the wider community around Gatwick to be vigilant and support us by contacting us immediately if they believe they have any information that can help us in bringing those responsible to justice.

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Police Arrest Two People Over Gatwick Drone Chaos. Credit: PA
Police Arrest Two People Over Gatwick Drone Chaos. Credit: PA

"The arrests we have made this evening are a result of our determination to keep the public safe from harm, every line of enquiry will remain open to us until we are confident that we have mitigated further threats to the safety of passengers."

On Thursday, London Gatwick was forced to suspend all flights to and from the airport after two drones were reported to be flying over the airfield.

The incident caused thousands of people to be stranded at various airports - with some flights being diverted to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and even Paris.

This actual arrest comes after one YouTuber, whose pranks in the past have included breaking into the Big Brother house and Thorpe Park, managed to fool the internet when he claimed to be the guy behind the drone chaos.

Ally Law led his 209,000 Instagram followers to believe that he was the pilot of the drone when he posted on to his Instagram story saying: "New video soon 'flying a drone over Gatwick airport *The army came*'."

He may have pulled the wool over people's eyes but was outed, eventually, when he admitted on his Twitter post: "I can confirm guys.. it was not me who was flying a drone at Gatwick airport today!! A looooooot of people are thinking its me haha."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Drone, uk news, London

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

 

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