Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

2 suspects arrested in Gatwick airport chaos released

2 suspects arrested in Gatwick airport chaos released

British police say two people were arrested early Saturday morning for suspected "criminal use of drones'" in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers.

Update 12.30: The pair were released without charge and police have gone on file saying that they are "No longer suspects". He told the BBC that the drone disruption at Gatwick was "unprecedented anywhere in the world".

But police said they are open to the option that snipers were called in to shoot down a drone that never existed.

The airport has even offered a £50,000 ($63,000) reward for information that leads to a conviction of those involved after a couple was arrested, named and shamed on the front pages of the national press, and then released without any charge whatsoever.

It is not clear whether the damaged drone discovered near Gatwick Airport will provide forensic clues that could lead police to locate the perpetrators of the worst reported drone activity to hit a major global airport.

Gatwick Airport was operating normally Monday, but military equipment remained in place to deter fresh incursions.

Despite this, Tingley assured that the reported sightings were being actively investigated, and that the authorities are conducting a forensic investigation into a damaged drone found near the perimeter of the airport.

There is no video footage available but police insisted investigators are working to confirm sightings from members of the public, police officers and ground staff, as well as examining the damaged drone, found near the runway's perimeter in Horley by a member of the public.

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Although Gait is thought to fly drones as a hobby, friends of Kirk said she had "no interest" in the devices.

About 1,000 aircraft were either cancelled or diverted, affecting about 140,000 passengers, during three days of disruption.

An airport spokeswoman told CNN officials were made aware of the latest unconfirmed sightings at about 5:20 p.m. (12:20 p.m. ET) Friday and closed the runway as a precaution.

Planes circled over London or sat at Gatwick gates, waiting to find out what would happen Friday night, before getting a new "all-clear" about 70 minutes later.

"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 statement added. Rafael sells its system under the brand name Dome Drone, which can "detect, track and potentially neutralize drones flying in no-fly areas", CTech reports.

There are 757 flights scheduled for Saturday, carrying more than 124,000 passengers, an airport spokesman said.

Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said he hoped the money will persuade someone to come forward with the vital clue.

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