Heathrow drone protest: Climate activists plan to disrupt airport with drones despite pre-emptive arrests

Climate activists plan to disrupt Heathrow by flying drones at the moment despite the arrest of 5 of the group’s members in a pre-emptive strike by police.

The Heathrow Pause group goals to floor flights by illegally flying the remote-controlled units close to the airport in a bid to drive the Government to take greater steps to scale back carbon emissions.

Met officers on Thursday arrested three males and two girls from the group on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance in relation to the deliberate demonstration.

But Heathrow Pause stated it will go forward anyway.

Roger Hallam is arrested in Bethnal Green on Thursday (Heathrow Pause)

“The action will carry on exactly as planned, peacefully and non-violently, regardless of today’s events – we have contingency measures in place,” it stated in an announcement on Thursday.

The group stated the 2 males arrested in in Bethnal Green, east London,have been “prospective drone pilots” Roger Hallam – a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion – and Mike Lynch-White, who have been being interviewed by a reporter at Billy’s Cafe “when four police cars pulled up”.

Responding to the arrests, Heathrow Pause stated in assertion: “This is to activists, rebels and peculiar folks in every single place. Please stand with us. Don’t let our planet and kids die.

“We all have to stand up. If we’re all arrested earlier than we are able to cease this horrendous undertaking then please proceed the place we left off. Much love.”

Earlier this week, police stated they have been assured the motion wouldn’t lead to a repeat of the chaos seen at Gatwick final December, when drone sightings grounded planes within the run-up to Christmas.

But they warned that tried disruption of the airport and flying drones with out permission within the exclusion zone have been critical crimes.

The activists stated they weren’t wanting to endanger life, and purpose to conduct the motion and alert authorities earlier than the airport opens.

Heathrow has stated the demonstration is counter-productive and legal, including that despite talks between the 2 sides, the campaigners disagree with the airport’s perception that aviation can and needs to be decarbonised.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor stated: “We have carried out these arrests at the moment in response to proposed plans for unlawful drone use close to Heathrow Airport which protest group Heathrow Pause have stated will happen tomorrow morning.

“Our policing plan is geared toward stopping legal exercise which poses a major security and safety danger to the airport, and the 1000’s of passengers that might be utilizing it. We have warned beforehand that arrests could be made if this exercise continued.

“In these circumstances, we consider these arrests to be a proportionate response to stopping legal exercise that would considerably impression on a serious piece of nationwide infrastructure.

“We stay totally ready for the deliberate protest tomorrow, and can work rapidly to determine legal exercise and arrest anybody committing offences.”

Police on Wednesday advised Heathrow passengers to journey as regular on Friday “as a result of we’re going to do all the pieces we are able to to forestall any disruption”.

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