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Two arrests made in drone sightings that shut down London airport

By Sommer Brokaw
Two arrests made in drone sightings that shut down London airport
Police arrested a man and woman Friday night as they investigate drone sightings that have delayed flights this week at London's Gatwick Airport. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA-EFE

Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Two people have been arrested as police investigate drone sightings that temporarily shut down London's Gatwick Airport this week.

Flights at Gatwick, Britain's second-largest airport, were suspended for more than 30 hours starting Wednesday after two drones were discovered that day, and more than 50 drones were detected in the 24 hours following the first appearance, according to Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley of Sussex Police. In addition, flights were briefly suspended gaainst Friday after new drone sightings.

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Police arrested, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman on suspicion of the "criminal use of drones," Friday night in Crawley, a major town close to the airport.

"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," Superintendent James Collis said in a statement Saturday. "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."

With more than 124,000 passengers on 757 flights Saturday, according to an airport spokesman, Gatwick is expected to run a full schedule even with some delays and cancellations.

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"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," police said.

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