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Two people arrested over ‘criminal use of drones’ at Gatwick Airport

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the “criminal use of drones” which caused major disruption at Gatwick Airport.

More than 100,000 Christmas travellers were affected when hundreds of flights were grounded from Wednesday night to early on Friday.

Flights were again temporarily suspended later on Friday when another drone was spotted at about 5.10pm near the airfield.

Sussex Police said two people had been arrested shortly after 10pm on Friday “as part of our ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport”.

“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,” Superintendent James Collis said.

“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.

“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.”

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