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Drone disrupting flights from LGW this morning

Gatwick couple get compo - Sussex plod red faced - taxpayers money down the pan - no doubt lawyers win win -
Might be a bit tin foil-ish but you know, I think this whole thing probably started as somebody saying they thought they'd seen something and from there it grew into an unstoppable juggernaut of largely groundless nonsense.

No doubt lessons have been learned though so perhaps the million of them English taxpayer quids down the shitter wasn't a total waste of money.

It revealed 96 people "of interest" were identified, researched and ruled out during the investigation and the cost of the operation and subsequent investigation was £790,000.
Sussex Police confirmed it has paid the couple the £55,000 owed in damages, and law firm Howard Kennedy said it has billed the force an additional £145,000 in legal costs.
 
Might be a bit tin foil-ish but you know, I think this whole thing probably started as somebody saying they thought they'd seen something and from there it grew into an unstoppable juggernaut of largely groundless nonsense.

No doubt lessons have been learned though so perhaps the million of them English taxpayer quids down the shitter wasn't a total waste of money.
OMG look how much the lawyer's trouserd compaired to the couple, no wonder we live in this age of litigation.

If there was one probably a lone geek or Gatwick employee with grudge. Protest group would have claimed publicity.
 
OMG look how much the lawyer's trouserd compaired to the couple, no wonder we live in this age of litigation.

If there was one probably a lone geek or Gatwick employee with grudge. Protest group would have claimed publicity.
Sussex Police settled out of court... presumably, they expected the total award and costs to be even higher along with censure for the wrongful arrest and unlawful detention had it actually gone before a court.

On Sunday, their [Sussex Police] llegal team announced the force had agreed to an out-of-court settlement package.
 
This couple were found guilty in the kangaroo court of the Daily Mail as well, IIRC.

More compo to follow?.
 
Thing is, there was a police helicopter scudding off in the other direction.

It's like Nam, here. I'm getting flashbacks. Charlie's out on the wire. Di di mau.
Far-'Nam?
 
Not sure if it's wise to revive an old thread but there is a good "Long Read" in the Guardian today. Interesting to hear the perspective of drone enthusiasts.

 
I know the chap VERY well from various RC meets - lump sum really doesn't do the grief he and his mrs got any justice - the media should hang their heads in shame. Which will never happen, the vermin.
 
Not sure if it's wise to revive an old thread but there is a good "Long Read" in the Guardian today. Interesting to hear the perspective of drone enthusiasts.

Tbh, have not found the perps behind it and it’s a constant worry / threat lingering out there so it’s still in present.

cheers
 

aardvark64

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But doesn't the article suggest there never was a drone?
It does, but not in a very convincing way. It's more like Thomas the disciple refusing to believe that Jesus had risen until he could put his hands in the wounds. Their photographer didn't get his Pulitzer Prize-winning feature shot, therefore there never was anything to see...

Phrases like "just 3.5% of sightings actually involved a near-miss between aircraft and a drone" suggest the journalists really don't know what they're talking about when it comes to flight safety and the threat posed by drones.

What it also doesn't mention is the copy-cat attempts at Heathrow earlier this year that got stamped on very quickly.

Had a lot of sympathy for the lawyer who got pulled in for questioning, but police work is necessarily thorough. Lazy journalism... Grauniad gggrrrr
 

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