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drones over gatwick

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Some of the drone sightings which kept Gatwick Airport on lockdown for 36 hours may have been reports of Sussex Police's own aircraft, the force's highest-ranking officer admitted yesterday.


    Police received 115 reports of sightings in the area surrounding the airfield, including 92 confirmed by Sussex Police's Chief Constable Giles York as coming from "credible people".

    But the force launched its own drone to search for what officers believed at the time to be malicious aircraft deliberately being flown above the runway in the early hours of December 19 to intentionally force Gatwick to shut down..


    Sussex Police's chief constable has said he feels "really sorry" for the couple who were held for 36 hours over the Gatwick Airport drones chaos. :rolleyes:o_O

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
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  2. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    They police's apology was pretty poor. 'Sorry. But it would have been even worse to be released as still under investigation.' My already terrible opinion of them has not changed. Lots of things could have been worse but that doesn't mean that their botched 'investigation' was anything but appalling.
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  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I wondered if the Chief Constable's comment that he was "convinced the grounds for arrest were well-founded".was actually indicating that the police are pretty sure that the Crawley couple are guilty but that they did not have the evidence needed to charge them. It otherwise seems an odd thing to say.
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  4. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Apparently some of the drones seen over Gatwick may have been police drones up looking for the reported drones...
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Maybe it wasn't "drones"... but the drone of Brexit bores in the local area...


    Ok I know my coat is here somewhere.
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  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I think that is wonderful... sums up our modern age so well.

    Ah yes coat... sorry... got it...
  7. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Far more likely that he was trying to make it sound as if they were less incompetent than they actually are. I know I'm bitter and twisted but all my recent experience of the police is that they are hopelessly incompetent, chaotic, and too convinced of their own rightness to be effective. And suddenly nice when they realise they've acted stupidly and don't want you to make a complaint
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  8. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    That'd be right.
  9. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    It may just be me, but I found the Chief Constable's interview on R4 this morning truly depressing - the police clearly don't have a clue and all he wanted to do was try to cover his (& the force's) backside, whilst spreading suggestions to cause more confusion (the 'police drones' comment, for example - it didn't sound as if they were used, just that they might be...)
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  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Then please get it and leave.

    I just hate political grandstanding especially when the drones have nothing to do with May, Corbun, Trump, Brexit, Universal Credit or the size of Burton's Wagon Wheels.
  11. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    See post #320
  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    How has your trip been?
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Really enjoyable, thanks Lan.

    Quiet time of year in Malta but, despite the shortened days, well worth it.

    I did, thank you. Eventually when the Cathedral opened after the Christmas break (I had visited on more than one occasion but the Offertaory was closed). Well worth the visit. Many thanks. Caravaggio's use of light is amazing!
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Better be... going there ourselves in October.
  15. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    The police's comments are pretty much standard.

    "There was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction" is their (and the CPS's) favourite. How I loathe those weasel words. Upon hearing that phrase, I usually think "Well that might well be because the accused is completely innocent".

    The police and the CPS know that mud sticks. You never hear them say "All the evidence suggested X was innocent".

    There's nothing stopping the police charging anyone with anything, no matter how ludicrous. Assuming there isn't a grave miscarriage of justice, the police and CPS can come out with their standard line, and the wrongly accused ends up with their life turned upside-down, their reputation in tatters, hounded by the media, quite possibly jobless, etc.
  16. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Well at least this particular guy knows that his employer knows he could not have done it as he was at work at the time.
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  17. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Except the Police chap said that just as he was at work, it didn't mean he wasn't involved...:confused:
  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    The BBC pointed out that it was quite possible to operate a drone via the Internet from the other side of the globe.
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