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Gatwick closure: Was there any genuine drone activity at all?

Staff Writer |
It is possible that some of the drone sightings that forced London's Gatwick Airport to close for nearly two days were of police drones which were themselves hunting the malicious drones.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday, Giles York, the Chief Constable of Sussex Police said he could not rule out the possibility that some sightings of drones reported during the incident were of drones that Sussex Police had flown over the airport for surveillance purposes.

"We will have launched our own Sussex police drones at the time, with a view to investigate, engage and survey the area. So there could be some level of confusion there as well," York said after being questioned about a previous report that there may have been no drone at all.

Last week Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said there was "always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place," because police relied on human witnesses to the sighting.

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