Sussex Police is using all available resources to identify and bring to justice those involved in the illegal drone activity at Gatwick, Chief Constable Giles York has said today.
He has emphasised the need for more information from communities in the search for the criminal whose activities led to widespread disruption, with a £50,000 reward being offered through Crimestoppers for information.
It is established that the incident, which led to widespread travel disruption, was caused by numerous instances of illegal drone activity at the site between 19 and 21 December. This was not a police drone.
Police, supported by a range of partner agencies and working closely with Gatwick Airport, are currently examining relevant sightings by 115 witnesses – 93 from credible witnesses, people used to working in the busy airport environment, including a pilot, airport staff and police officers.
This includes further information generated as a result of a public appeal for information and more than 1,000 house to house enquiries.
Two damaged drones recovered from an intensive search of the area have now been ruled out of the enquiry.
Mr York said: “Public safety remains a priority and what we are dealing with is both unprecedented and challenging.
“There will be information relevant to this enquiry within the community and, with a £50,000 reward on offer for information from Gatwick Airport Limited, it is vital that people come forward so we can bring to justice the person responsible for this criminal act.”
If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers, anonymously if you want, on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
The reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.