Two People Arrested Over “Criminal Use” Of Drones At Gatwick Airport


    Two people were arrested by Sussex authorities in connection with the “criminal use of drones” that resulted in a major disruption at Gatwick Airport this week.

    Over 100,000 people were affected when flights were grounded between Wednesday and Friday, just days before Christmas.

    On Friday evening, the flights were temporarily suspended again following the reports of a drone near the airfield and despite the arrests, police have requested those at Gatwick to continue to be vigilant.

    The police arrested a man and a woman at around 10 pm on Friday following days of looking for those who are responsible and said that it was part of the “ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport.”

    Superintendent James Collis stated: “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.”

    He added: “The arrests we have made 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.”

    A Gatwick airport spokesperson confirmed that flights had resumed on Friday evening after being suspended for over an hour after a sighting at around 5:10 pm.

    With military measures now in place, it is now considered safe for planes to fly and there is equipment that can be deployed that is capable of jamming the signals to the drones as well as tracking them.

    Gatwick is the second biggest airport in the United Kingdom, however, it was forced into total shutdown on Thursday and part of Wednesday when some drones illegally violated the 1 km perimeter around the airport.