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Two arrested for Gatwick Airport drone chaos, ‘environmental activism’ a rumored motive – Fox News

British authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the drone mayhem at London’s Gatwick Airport, after the mysterious aircraft was spotted in the skies on Wednesday night, creating a nightmare 36-hour delay that impacted more than 100,000 holiday travelers.Though officials have yet to make a statement, multiple outlets in the U.K. are citing “environmental…

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British authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the drone mayhem at London’s Gatwick Airport, after the mysterious aircraft was spotted in the skies on Wednesday night, creating a nightmare 36-hour delay that impacted more than 100,000 holiday travelers.

Though officials have yet to make a statement, multiple outlets in the U.K. are citing “environmental activism” as a likely motive.

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The arrivals board at Gatwick Airport showing cancelled, diverted and delayed flights as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning Thursday Dec. 20, 2018. London's Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

The arrivals board at Gatwick Airport showing cancelled, diverted and delayed flights as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning Thursday Dec. 20, 2018. London’s Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

Police revealed Saturday that a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from nearby Crawley were charged late Friday night in connection with the crime. The duo were arrested on suspicion of disrupting civil aviation in a way likely to endanger people or operations.

As noted by several outlets, including The Standard, The Telegraph and The Times, an “eco-protest” was likely the impetus behind the disruption. Police say that the inspiration for this “new kind of attack” remains unclear at this time.

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“This is something that has not been experienced before. This is a new kind of attack,” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said, noting that the attack “could be [an] environmental protest” but “we genuinely don’t know” at this time.

People wait near the departures gate at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning.

People wait near the departures gate at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning.
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In the wake of the chaos, environmental organizations Extinction Rebellion, Plane Stupid, and Greenpeace have all denied responsibility for the incident.

Likewise, Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry told the BBC that though authorities have ruled out the drone chaos as an act of terror, they are exploring potential motivations of environmental activism,

An EasyJet plane on its final approach before landing at Gatwick airport near London on Friday.

An EasyJet plane on its final approach before landing at Gatwick airport near London on Friday.
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“This incident has been really unusual in the concerted and malicious and really criminal level of the behavior of the drone operator and that did cause us some challenges,” he said.

The airport resumed operations Friday morning after being closed since Wednesday night, when mystery drones first started appearing around its runway.

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A woman waits in the departures area at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. London's Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

A woman waits in the departures area at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. London’s Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Over the next day and a half, there were around 40 reported sightings of the drones – the most recent occurring last night around 10 p.m. local time. A report of a new drone sighting Friday afternoon, which temporarily suspended flights once again at Gatwick, was unfounded.

People wait outside the departures gate at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. London's Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.

People wait outside the departures gate at Gatwick airport, near London, as the airport remains closed with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. London’s Gatwick Airport remained shut during the busy holiday period Thursday while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.
(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Airport officials say the aim is to run a full complement of 757 flights on Saturday with just under 125,000 passengers at Britain’s second-largest air hub.

The persistent drone crisis at Gatwick, located 30 miles south of London and which serves 43 million passengers a year, has had ripple effects throughout the international air travel system.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on the application of the Law ‘On Amendments to the Tax Code of Azerbaijan,’ informs the press-service of the Azerbaijani head of state.

Within the framework of the decree, the Cabinet of Ministers, in particular, is charged with preparing and submitting to the head of state proposals on bringing the laws and acts of the President of Azerbaijan into line with the amendments, informing the head of state on bringing the Cabinet regulations into line with the law.

In addition, within three months, the Cabinet must prepare and submit to the head of state proposals for determining a lower tax rate (differential rates) of value-added tax (VAT) than the one provided in the Tax Code for services rendered in accordance with the Law on Health Insurance and for medicines provided under these services. All these are to be coordinated with the head of state.

The Cabinet must also define the criteria for determining startups; based on the proposals of the Ministry of Taxes, define the criteria for cash registers and inform the head of state about this; on the basis of the proposals of the Ministry of Taxes, coordinating with the head of state, determine the procedure for the circulation of goods marked as mandatory.

Having agreed with the head of state, the Cabinet of Ministers should also approve the ‘Procedure for using funds transferred to the account of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population in order to strengthen the material and technical base of the department and enhance the social protection of employees’; the Cabinet of Ministers is also instructed to approve the procedure for exemption from taxes of funds allocated by banks for the creation of special reserve funds; prepare and submit to the head of state a draft procedure for VAT refunds for goods purchased by individuals in retail chains or public catering facilities (with the exception of oil and gas products).

The decree comes into force on January 1, 2019.

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Man finds $86 million lottery ticket in his car – MarketWatch

A British man hit one of the largest lotto jackpots in the country’s history — but left the golden ticket unchecked for weeks in a pile of papers in his van, according to local reports. Andrew Clark, 51, only checked the ticket because his partner and her niece badgered him after they heard about a…

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Man finds $86 million lottery ticket in his car – MarketWatch

A British man hit one of the largest lotto jackpots in the country’s history — but left the golden ticket unchecked for weeks in a pile of papers in his van, according to local reports.

Andrew Clark, 51, only checked the ticket because his partner and her niece badgered him after they heard about a local unclaimed prize, he told Sky News.

“Trisha kept telling me to check the tickets, and her niece Louise, who I was building an extension for, was also in on it once she’d heard about the unclaimed prize in the news,” he said.

Clark, of the English town of Boston, told the news station that he relented and checked all of his lotto tickets — which he left in a bundle in his truck — on a recent evening.

“I finally gave in, got the bundle out of the van and started to work my way through them, methodically from the oldest to the most recent, starting with Lotto, before moving onto my EuroMillions tickets.”

One of those EuroMillions tickets was the big winner, giving Clark the equivalent of a $86 million payout.

“It almost feels like some magical Christmas story, the man who nearly lost [$86 million ]!” Clark said after finding the ticket.

This report appears on NYPost.com.

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Two arrested for drone use in London Gatwick Airport case – New York Post

December 22, 2018 | 8:16am | Updated December 22, 2018 | 8:58am LONDON — British police say two people were arrested early Saturday morning for suspected “criminal use of drones’” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers. Sussex police did not release the age…

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December 22, 2018 | 8:16am
| Updated December 22, 2018 | 8:58am

LONDON — British police say two people were arrested early Saturday morning for suspected “criminal use of drones’” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers.

Sussex police did not release the age or gender of the two suspects arrested late Friday night and did not say where the arrests were made. The two have not been charged.

Police Superintendent James Collis asked the public in the Gatwick area to remain vigilant.

“Our investigations are still ongoing, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones by deploying a range of tactics,” he said.

New drone sightings Friday had caused fresh problems for holiday travelers at the airport, which reopened in the morning after a 36-hour shutdown only to hastily suspend flights for more than an hour in the late afternoon on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The reopening, closing and re-reopening of Britain’s second-busiest airport due to repeated drone sightings raised a host of questions for British officials, including questions about how safe it really is to fly with drones around and why it took so long to make arrests.

The Friday night flight suspension at Gatwick caused still more delays and cancellations just as the holiday travel season peaked. The persistent drone crisis at Gatwick, located 30 miles south of London, has had ripple effects throughout the international air travel system.

The latest drone sighting came after British police and transport officials said extra measures had been put in place to prevent drones from intruding on the airport, which serves 43 million passengers a year.

Military forces with special equipment have been brought in and police units are working around-the-clock. Police say a sophisticated drone operation is targeting the airport to cause maximum disruption during the holiday rush.

The motive for the drone invasion wasn’t clear but British police said there are no indications it was “terror related.”

Gatwick reopened at about 6 a.m. Friday after having been shut down Wednesday night and all day Thursday after authorities said drones repeatedly violated the airport perimeter, threatening the safely of incoming and outgoing planes.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Friday morning there had been about 40 sightings of “a small number of drones” while the airport was shut down. He told the BBC that the drone disruption at Gatwick was “unprecedented anywhere in the world.”

Grayling said additional “military capabilities” and a range of security measures had been put in place overnight but would not elaborate. He said the airport was considered safe for flights Friday even though the drone operator or operators had not been apprehended.

The Thursday shutdown upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers, since about 110,000 people had been scheduled to pass through Gatwick that day.

After flight operations restarted Friday, the airport struggled to resolve a massive backlog of passengers and canceled, delayed or diverted flights. The number of passengers expected Friday was even higher than the previous day, and about 145 of Friday’s 837 scheduled flights at Gatwick were cancelled to handle the crush.

Then Gatwick takeoffs and landings had to be suspended again as a “precaution” after reports that a drone was spotted about 5:10 p.m., the airport said.

Planes circled over London or sat at Gatwick gates, waiting to find out what would happen Friday night, before getting a new “all-clear” about 70 minutes later.

“The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with reassurance necessary to reopen our airfield,” the airport tweeted moments after flights resumed.

The hundreds of travelers who were stuck overnight at Gatwick by Thursday’s closure described freezing conditions as they slept on benches or the airport floor. Many complained they weren’t being kept informed about re-routed flights.

British officials, meanwhile, were debating whether shooting down a drone was an available “tactical option” due to concerns that such an action could inadvertently hurt people on the ground.

“Shooting the drone out of the sky is probably one of the least effective options” available, said Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry of Sussex Police.

He said police believe there was more than one drone operating around Gatwick in the last two days and that it was possible the drones were being operated from fairly far away.

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