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UK police arrest man and woman over Gatwick drone

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Police have arrested a man and a woman after rogue drone operators crippled London’s Gatwick Airport for three days by repeatedly flying onto the airfield, sparking a major security response.

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Britain’s second-largest airport was forced to close its runway in the run up to Christmas after drones started appearing on the site south of London in the most disruptive incursion from unmanned aerial vehicles at any major airport.

Police said they had made two arrests late on Friday as part of its ongoing investigation into the criminal use of drones. No group has claimed responsibility for the disruption, which affected at least 120,000 people on Wednesday and Thursday.

The airport, which shut its runway for spells on Wednesday and Friday and for all of Thursday, said it aimed to run a full schedule on Saturday.

“We continue to urge the public, passengers and the wider community around Gatwick to be vigilant,” police said.

“Our investigations are still on-going, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics,” they added in a statement.

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