Major disruption halted as drone protesters arrested

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A planned drone protest today (Friday 13 September) which could have halted flights in and out of Heathrow was broken up by police in the early hours of the morning.

Eleven people have been arrested so far in connection with the one person arrested in Terminal 2 this morning. Protest group Heathrow Pause said earlier today that although most of the planned drone flights had been interfered with, one has managed to successfully lift off. However, there has been no visible disruption to Heathrow’s flight schedule so far.

Activist James Brown, an Irish former Paralympian, was arrested by police in Terminal 2 earlier today. He said that up to 35 people were ready to try and fly more drones within the 5km exclusion zone. A live stream from Heathrow Pause at around 3am showed an unsuccessful drone launch, which appeared to have been thwarted by signal jamming equipment brought in after last year’s drone incident at Gatwick which resulted in flights being grounded for two days.

The Metropolitan Police said a dispersal order had been put in place at Heathrow until 0430 on Sunday morning “to prevent criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport.”

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