The British couple that was arrested Friday night in their hometown Crawley (not far from Gatwick airport) suspected of having caused days of chaos at London's Gatwick airport by flying drones over it, have now been released without any charges being made against them. Today their pictures are mistakenly plastered all over the British press as ‘the morons who ruined Christmas.’
The police are now looking for other suspects and are asking citizens to keep their eyes open, offering a healthy reward to motivate them.
Mr Paul Gait, 47 years old (and a known drone enthusiast), and his wife Elaine Kirk, 54 years old, were detained on Friday night on suspicion of flying a drone above Britain's second busiest airport. The couple were held for questioning for almost 36 hours, but police confirm that they have now been released without charge.
Friends, colleagues and family of Mr Gait had insisted during his arrest that he could not be responsible for the incident as he had been at work throughout much of the disruption.
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Sussex Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said: “Both people have fully co-operated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick.”
“It is important to remember that when people are arrested in an effort to make further enquiries it does not mean that they are guilty of an offence and Sussex Police would not seek to make their identity public.”
“Our inquiry continues at a pace to locate those responsible for the drone incursions, and we continue to actively follow lines of investigation.”
The presence of drones forced the airport to halt flight traffic on Wednesday. Also on Thursday and Friday, aircrafts could not land or take off for a while because drones repeatedly appeared in the area.
This led to chaotic situations at the second airport in Great Britain. At the moment flights have resumed at Gatwick, and the situation seems to be recovering.
In all, some 1,000 flights were either cancelled or diverted, affecting about 140,000 passengers, during three days of disruption. For many families, the disruption caused a cancellation of their Christmas holidays.
Authorities finally regained control over the airfield early on Friday after the Army deployed unidentified military technology. British press claimed that the Israeli-developed Drone Dome system, which can jam communications between the drone and its operator, was used.
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