Police at Gatwick airport are continuing to assist airport security teams following a number of reports and sightings of drones in the vicinity of the airfield overnight on Wednesday and Thursday (December 19/20).
The first report was made shortly after 9pm Wednesday (December 19) and the last sighting was around 8.45am on Thursday (December 20). Sussex and Surrey officers are deployed on to the airfield and surrounding areas and were joined by a National Police Air Service helicopter in seeking the drones and the operators.
Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw Gatwick Airport policing commander said: “We believe this to be a deliberate act to disrupt the airport. However, there are absolutely no indications to suggest this is terror related.”
An estimated 110,000 passengers were due to fly on 760 flights coming in to and going out of Gatwick on Thursday but this disruption could last several days meaning many are left at the airport waiting for news of when they can get home or go on holiday
. Whilst police say it is not terror-related they do see it as a “deliberate act” of disruption.
Latest updates indicate that flights are cancelled until at least 7pm tonight. Those due to travel are advised to check the status of their flight.
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