Gatwick drone disruption – couple arrested

A couple have been arrested over the Gatwick airport drone problems that caused huge travel disruption for many people in England (and people travelling elsewhere via Gatwick).

Police confirmed this morning they had arrested a 54-year-old woman and 47-year-old man

The Telegraph – Gatwick drone: Identities of arrested couple revealed

Paul Gait and his wife Elaine Kirk were arrested by police in connection with the drone disruption at Gatwick.

he couple arrested on suspicion of the Gatwick drone attack are a husband and wife from Crawley, the Telegraph can reveal.

Paul Gait, 47, and his wife Elaine Kirk, 54, were detained by police at their detached home in West Sussex at around 10pm on Friday night.

Father of two, Mr Gait, who works as a window fitter, is understood to be a drone enthusiast who also flew remote control helicopters.

But his boss insisted he had been working when the drone attacks were taking place and said he would be shocked if he had anything to do with the incident.

Express: First pictures of couple arrested over Gatwick drone chaos

Elaine Kirk, 54 and her partner Paul Gait, 47, are the two people being quizzed by officers. Local people named the pair as those arrested for causing 1,000 flights to be cancelled or diverted this week. Ms Kirk and Mr Gait were arrested at their home in Crawley at 10pm last night according to reports.

Crawley lies under Gatwick Airport’s flightpath and police had been investigating theories the chaos was caused by protestors unhappy with increased noise levels however a motive is still unclear.

Paul Gait’s employer and neighbours are being quoted as surprised that it could be him involved, but no details have been released yet.

Drones have caused minor disruptions to airports around the world, but this was the worst disruption of a major airport.

Drones have obviously had the potential to cause major problems, if not damage attacks. Unfortunately this could encourage more drone disruption.

 

26 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  December 23, 2018

    not your average looking…terrorists!

    • Gezza

       /  December 23, 2018

      Hmm … I dunno … he could look a bit like one who’s shaved his beard off to avoid detection.

      Gawd I dunno, Blazer. Bloody foreigners, eh? Strange folk, foreigners.

  2. David

     /  December 23, 2018

    Not convinced its these two. Aside from his boss saying he was at work he doesnt look like the sort of person who would breach the airspace several times with the army and coppers hunting him down and she certainly doesnt.
    There seems an absence of motivation to risk going to jail and losing everything just for giggles. Its more an eco warrior, anti deportation, anti Gatwick expansion thing.

    • Blazer

       /  December 23, 2018

      ‘doesnt look like the sort of person who would ‘……..!!..

      • David

         /  December 23, 2018

        She certainly doesnt, looks like she is very dedicated to how she looks and what is up with a 54 year old woman getting the eyebrows of a 16 year old, there is a photo of her in the Daily Mail and she looks preposterous. I think women are going to look back at these days and wonder what the hell they were thinking with this eyebrow trend..some look like caterpillars.

        • Gezza

           /  December 23, 2018

          They don’t all want to look like the ones you find on Tinder, David.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 23, 2018

            They aren’t going to pluck their eyebrows into thin lines because David doesn’t like natural eyebrows, either.

            • David

               /  December 23, 2018

              I am quite the fan of the more bushy brow and my wifes look great albeit with seemingly weekly visits to her team for their maintenance but have a look at the woman in the DM she looks cartoonish and just saying that her focus in life is probably not on civil disobedience and getting one over on the coppers but more fake tan, botox, fillers and a couple of weeks in Tenerife.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2018

              Hers look PAINTED on. They look very odd. I pencil mine, because they have faded, but they don’t look like that !!!

            • Blazer

               /  December 23, 2018

              are you are a fan of the Brazilian or is a landing strip’..acceptable ..my good man! 😉

    • Gezza

       /  December 23, 2018

      Let’s just wait & see what the police investigation turns up. It’s also pretty common for even murderers’ neighbours to say he’s a lovely man.

      • David

         /  December 23, 2018

        If they did it once, perhaps but they did it multiple times over several days. I guess there could be some deep down motivation.

        • Blazer

           /  December 23, 2018

          he has got a tattoo…David.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 23, 2018

            Our former Black Power near neighbour was a lovely man. He really was, and gorgeous with it. But he was also a criminal with a long record.

  3. NOEL

     /  December 23, 2018

    Be interesting to read the final report and see if the recent installation of the anti drone measures were a factor in the cessation? Then the question will be why were they not installed earlier?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 23, 2018

      It must take some time to do, I suppose. It said on the news that the likelihood of a large plane being damaged by a drone isn’t that great, (or so I understood it) But no airport would want to take the chance of it happening.

    • Missy

       /  December 23, 2018

      The an anti drone measures taken at Gatwick were not ‘installed’ but were rather brought in and used by the military. So, Gatwick still has no permanent anti-drone measures, nor does any other airport in the UK.

      My understanding is that much of it is not allowed to be used by commercial interests, there has been a lot of talk about changing the laws now to allow anti-drone technology for airports. Though to be fair I don’t know how much of that reporting is accurate.

      • Blazer

         /  December 23, 2018

        whats the world coming to Missy..you can’t go anywhere in London these days…tube,buses,airports..the riff raff are ever present and..everywhere..stay in bed.

  4. Gezza

     /  December 23, 2018

    I liked this one:

    United States
    May 2014
    Police were called to Hammonasset Beach State Park by Andrea Mears who claimed that Austin Haughwout had been filming people at a beach and that he had filmed people with his UAV and that he had assaulted her. The police prepared to arrest him, but he produced recordings from his UAV and mobile phone which showed that he hadn’t been filming people and that Mears had assaulted him instead. Mears was arrested and charged with assault in the 3rd degree and breach of peace in the 2nd degree. She was granted Accelerated Probation which erases her conviction from her record after two years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UAV-related_incidents#Accidents_and_incidents

  5. Missy

     /  December 24, 2018

    They have now been released with no charge.

  6. Good grief: