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Climate change protesters trying to fly drones to disrupt Heathrow Airport claim they have been blocked by “signal jamming” as two people were arrested on Friday.

Heathrow Pause – a splinter of the Extinction Rebellion movement – has said it intends to fly the machines in the airport’s 3.1-mile (5km) exclusion zone, potentially disrupting hundreds of flights.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed two men were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance within the perimeter of Heathrow.

Police appeared to have confiscated a drone on Friday morning
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Police appeared to have confiscated a drone on Friday morning

It comes after five people – including Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder Roger Hallam – were detained on Thursday ahead of the planned protest.

A live stream video shared on Heathrow Pause’s Twitter account showed two people struggling to get a drone off the ground.

The device could be seen flashing red and green lights as the men held it above their head, but did not make it into the air.

The two men, filming themselves near a road, said they were experiencing “a technical glitch”.

Police officers patrol the perimeter of Heathrow on Friday morning
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A large police presence was seen in the airport area

In a post on Twitter, the protest group said: “Heathrow using signal jamming to frustrate early flights.”

The Met said a dispersal order had been put in place at Heathrow until 4.30am on Sunday “to prevent criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport”.

Police officers patrol the perimeter of Heathrow on Friday morning
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Protesters endangering the lives of passengers could face life sentences

A large police presence was seen in the airport area on Friday morning and protesters have been warned they could be handed life sentences if they are found to be endangering the lives of passengers.

Planes were landing at Heathrow as normal on Friday morning, with the first flights touching down just after 5am.

The planned protest action is meant to ground flights and put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.



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It is the latest in a string of climate change protests this year, including the widespread action in London in April, which saw Extinction Rebellion bring sites including Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge to a standstill.

On Thursday, Heathrow Pause said “prospective drone pilots” Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White had been “preemptively arrested” in Bethnal Green, east London.

Two women and a man were also arrested in Highgate, north London.

Heathrow Airport said it was determined to remain operational during potential disruption, which comes shortly after British Airways pilots staged a 48-hour strike in a row over pay, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled.

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