The two people arrested over the “criminal use of drones” at Gatwick Airport are a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman.

The pair, from Crawley in West Sussex – just a few miles from the airport – are being held on suspicion of disrupting an airport.

They were arrested at about 10pm on Friday, Sussex Police said.

The arrests were part of “ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport”, the force said.

“We continue to urge the public, passengers and the wider community around Gatwick to be vigilant and support us by contacting us immediately if they believe they have any information that can help us in bringing those responsible to justice,” Superintendent James Collis added.

“The arrests we have made are a result of our determination to keep the public safe from harm. Every line of enquiry will remain open to us until we are confident that we have mitigated further threats to the safety of passengers.”

He added that police are deploying tactics to “build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones”.

100,000 Christmas travellers were affected by the drone sightings.

Flights are slowly returning back to normal after hundreds of cancellations

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