In March of 2019, the BBC reported that the policing price and investigation into flight disruptions at Gatwick in December 2018 had price to this point, £459,000.
Ian Hudson (@UAVHive) has been the king of submitting Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) requests to carry reality to energy and he inspired me to do the identical again in June.
I’ve now had a response to that FOIA and it could appear the price of policing has nearly doubled. Sussex Police Freedom of Info Officer Roger Brace responded with a backside line of £886,210
There’s nonetheless completely no proof of any RPAS being over the airfield or within the space. Different police forces had been concerned so I’m positive the 1 million pound bubble has been burst.
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Part 1 of the Freedom of knowledge Act 2000 (FOIA) locations two duties on public authorities. Except exemptions apply, the primary obligation at s1(1)(a) is to verify or deny whether or not the data specified inside a request is held. The second obligation at s1(1)(b) is to reveal data that has been confirmed as being held.
1. What has been the price to this point to Sussex Police of investigating the December 2018 drone incident at Gatwick Aerodrome?
I can verify the whole price to this point is £886,210.
2. What number of suspects had been recognized and of these what number of have been interviewed?
2 people had been arrested and interviewed however eradicated from our enquiries. No additional arrests have been made
Freedom of Info Officer
See the FOIA request right here