Couple Cleared In Gatwick Drone Closures (Update)
U.K. police have cleared a married couple of any involvement in the Gatwick Airport drone incursions after they spent most of the weekend in jail. Paul Gait, 47, and wife Elaine Kirk, 54, were arrested at their home in Crawley, near the airport, late Friday. They were arrested “on suspicion of disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons.” They were released on Sunday and police say they are no longer suspects. The arrests came after three days of closures and disruptions at the U.K.’s second busiest airport, cancelling hundreds of flights and affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers in what appeared to be a deliberate effort to disrupt airport operations. The airport remained open and running normally all weekend.
Authorities deployed millions of dollars worth of high-tech detection gear to find the unmanned aircraft. “Our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones by deploying a range of tactics,” Sussex Police Superintendent James Collis said. No other suspects have been arrested, however.