Heathrow drone protest: Five arrested over planned disruption

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Image caption Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, was arrested in Bethnal Green on Thursday

Five environmental activists have been arrested over plans to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport on Friday.

Climate change activist group Heathrow Pause stated it goals to make use of units throughout the no-fly zone as a part of efforts to halt the airport’s planned enlargement.

Police made the arrests in Bethnal Green and and Highgate on Thursday.

The group stated it had as much as 70 extra pilots out there to fly drones.

The activists have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.

Laurence Taylor, the Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner, stated: “Earlier immediately, three males and two girls aged between their 20’s and 50’s have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance in relation to operations at Heathrow Airport on Friday, 13 September.

“We imagine these arrests to be a proportionate response to stopping prison exercise that would considerably influence on a serious piece of nationwide infrastructure.

“We remain fully prepared for the planned protest tomorrow, and will work quickly to identify criminal activity and arrest anyone committing offences.”

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Image caption Activists plan to fly drones throughout the exclusion zone at Heathrow Airport on Friday

Heathrow Pause stated in a tweet it could “not be silenced”, including: “We are parents protecting our children.”

In a separate publish, it stated: “If we are all arrested before we can stop this horrendous project then please continue where we left off.”

Police officers stated on Wednesday they have been “confident” they’d be capable to stop any disruption brought on by protesters who plan to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport on Friday.

Scotland Yard beforehand warned activists may face potential life sentences in the event that they fly drones across the airport in a bid to floor flights.

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Image caption Extinction Rebellion protesters held an illustration outdoors Heathrow Airport on 19 April

A spokeswoman for Heathrow beforehand stated airport chiefs “agree with the need to act on climate change” however “committing criminal offences and disrupting passengers is counter-productive”.

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