The infamous drone sightings that caused the UK’s Gatwick Airport to close for almost two days in 2018 have dominated news broadcasts and counter-drone industry discussions for what seems like eons. But to date, no culprit has been found. And so, the couple that was wrongly accused of the chaos is now calling out the police for failure to publish a report on the incident.
The airport shutdown led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights, affecting some 140,000 passengers waiting to commence their Christmas holidays. Two days after the incident, 12 armed police officers stormed a house located only a few miles from the airport and arrested married couple Paul Gait and Elaine Kirk on suspicion of “criminal use of drones.”
The couple then sued the Sussex Police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment and won almost $253,000 in damages and legal fees.
At the time, an independent review commissioned by the Sussex Police revealed there were 96 people of interest,…