•   
  •   

UK NewsPolice confident Heathrow climate protest will not bring chaos

18:00  11 september  2019
18:00  11 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking 'psychedelic medicines' as group shuts down central Manchester

Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking 'psychedelic medicines' as group shuts down central Manchester Gail Bradbrook, 47, a biologist, said she 'prayed in a deep way' while taking the substances on a retreat. She told a BBC Inside Out documentary her prayer was answered within a month.

British police said they were confident an attempt by climate change activists to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Friday would not lead to a repeat Heathrow Pause, a splinter group of the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion which has disrupted London with high profile

British police said they were confident an attempt by climate change activists to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Friday would not lead to a repeat of the chaos seen at Gatwick last December. Drone sightings at Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport, led to about 1,000.

Police confident Heathrow climate protest will not bring chaos © Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: A jumbo jet takes off shortly before midday from Heathrow Airport in west London

By Kylie MacLellan

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they were confident an attempt by climate change activists to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Friday would not lead to a repeat of the chaos seen at Gatwick last December.

Drone sightings at Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport, led to about 1,000 flight cancellations and disrupted the travel plans of 140,000 passengers in the run-up to Christmas.

The Heathrow Pause group plans to fly toy drones from 0200 GMT on Friday within a 5 km restricted zone around the airport but outside the flight paths of the airport, a step the group said would force the airport to ground flights.

Extinction Rebellion vows to blockade Britain's leading port of Dover a week after climate change protestors plan to target Heathrow

Extinction Rebellion vows to blockade Britain's leading port of Dover a week after climate change protestors plan to target Heathrow Extinction Rebellion plans to 'block two of the primary exit roads' at the Port of Dover on Saturday September 21, eight days after protestors aim to shutdown Heathrow with drones.

British police said they were confident an attempt by climate change activists to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Friday would not lead to a repeat of the chaos seen at Gatwick last December. Drone sightings at Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport, led to about 1,000.

British police said they were confident an attempt by climate change activists to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones from Friday would not lead to a repeat Heathrow Pause, a splinter group of the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion which has disrupted London with high profile

"I'm very confident that we've taken the learning from Gatwick," said London police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor on Wednesday.

"The aviation industry and national policing have been working hard to look at measures to mitigate those issues we saw at Gatwick and I'm confident in the tactics that we've got in place that we won't see a repeat of what happened at Gatwick," he told reporters.

Taylor declined to discuss specific tactics but said the police had robust plans in place which included the ability to detect and identify drones and also the use of counter-drones.

"If people come to the airport intent on committing criminal activity they will be arrested," he said.

"Endangering the life of passengers, flying drones without permission within the exclusion zone, attempting to disrupt the airport is very serious. We will enforce the law and we will use legislation available to us ... to prevent that from happening."

Heathrow Pause, a splinter group of the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion which has disrupted London with high profile demonstrations this year, said it would fly drones at no higher than head level and give the airport one hour's advance notice.

The airport has said the plan is illegal and counterproductive but that it too had robust plans in place to make sure the airport could continue to operate.

(Editing by Stephen Addison)

Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested for trying to fly drone near Heathrow Airport.
An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device. The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!