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UK NewsHeathrow Pause activists 'preemptively' arrested

19:25  12 september  2019
19:25  12 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest

London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested five people over a plan by environmental activists to fly drones near Heathrow Airport. The Metropolitan Police force says three men and two women, aged between their 20s and their 50s, were arrested in London "on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance." A group calling itself Heathrow Pause planned to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday to protest plans for a third runway at Europe's busiest airport. The group said members Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White were arrested while being interviewed at a cafe by a German magazine. Three others were detained in north London.

Activists from Heathrow Pause , a splinter of the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion, have vowed Extinction Rebellion activists had originally proposed drone action at Heathrow in April, but the plan Each activist will phone the police after completing their flight and wait to be arrested .

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Five people have been arrested for planning to fly toy drones at Heathrow Airport as part of climate change protests.

Heathrow Pause activists 'preemptively' arrested © Imagebridge The protests are planned to take place at Heathrow on Friday

Two men were arrested in a cafe in Bethnal Green, which was caught on camera, and two women and a man were arrested in Hornsey Lane, in Highgate.

Heathrow Pause released a statement which says: "Prospective drone pilots Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White have just been preemptively arrested and we caught it all on film.

"The pair were just concluding an interview with German news magazine der Spiegel at Billy's Cafe in Bethnal Green when four police cars pulled up. Officers handcuffed the Pause activists, placed them in separate cars and drove them away."

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Climate change activist group Heathrow Pause says it will fly the devices at Heathrow on Friday. "Anybody who turns up expecting to fly drones in that exclusion zone will be arrested ," Mr Taylor reiterated. "We can't compromise the safety of passengers."

Heathrow Pause - a splinter of the Extinction Rebellion movement but separate from it - plans to fly drones in the 5km exclusion zone around Britain's Police have vowed to draft in extra officers and arrest anyone flying drone. Met have insisted the stunt won't be a repeat of chaos at Gatwick last year.

Heathrow Pause activists 'preemptively' arrested © Imagebridge Roger Hallam at the protests in London in April

Met Police confirmed the five arrests, which were "on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance in relation to operations at Heathrow Airport".

All five people are at a London police station.

Deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: "We have carried out these arrests today in response to proposed plans for illegal drone use near Heathrow Airport which protest group Heathrow Pause have said will take place tomorrow morning.

"Our policing plan is aimed at preventing criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport, and the thousands of passengers that will be using it. We have warned previously that arrests would be made if this activity continued."

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Heathrow Pause said they plan to break the law but are ‘utterly committed to the principles of non-violence, transparency and accountability and to cooperating with the Heathrow Pause activists met with police yesterday, including Roger Hallam, widely known as the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Heathrow Pause campaigners (left to right) Valerie Brown, James Brown, Sylvia Dell, Linda Despite their intention of breaking the law and their willingness to go to prison, the activists say they are I can’t with good conscience not act. “I don’t want to get arrested , but it feels like it’s the last resort for

Mr Hallam is one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. Heathrow Pause is understood to be a splinter group from XR.

Heathrow airport said it was determined to remain operational during potential disruption on Friday, which comes shortly after the BA pilot strike at the beginning of the week.

Activists were practising flying the toy drones today, and said they would not fly them while there were planes in the air.

They also said they were willing to be arrested.

Linda Davidsen, from the Heathrow Pause group, said: "The idea is that we start the action... before any flights take off because we will not fly the drones when there is a flight already up in the air.

"We tell the authorities an hour before we take the action and then, once we have flown the drone, we call the police."

The group said it wouldn't fly the drones higher than head height.

Ms Davidsen said the act was "symbolic".

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Heathrow Pause activists met with police yesterday, including Roger Hallam, widely known as the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion. Hallam said: ‘I’ll be flying a drone at head height, some distance from Heathrow . It’ll be 100 per cent safe and 100 percent illegal.’

Heathrow Pause – a splinter of the Extinction Rebellion movement but separate from it – plans to fly drones in the 5km exclusion zone around Britain’s biggest airport on Friday. Police have vowed to arrest anyone with a drone and have urged demonstrators to stay away from the area.

Earlier this week, Mr Taylor had warned: "We will be arresting anybody who commits unlawful offences.

"We are really clear that it is unlawful, it is a criminal offence, and anybody who turns up expecting to fly drones in that exclusion zone will be arrested."

He said frontline police officers had been drafted in from other areas to help tackle the protest, and added that it if turned out to be a "handful of people, they will be responsible for the fact we've had to put that policing plan in place".

By mid-morning on Friday, more than 50 XR protesters will be appearing before magistrates at courts around the UK, on charges relating to the April protests in London where roads were blocked off for hours.

Despite being warned about the protests' impact on policing and on the justice system, Heathrow Pause said it had no choice but to go ahead.

It said: "The current Prime Minister is on record for saying his opposition to Heathrow expansion is so profound that he would 'lie down in front of the bulldozers'.

"We invite Boris Johnson to join us in flying a drone and showing his commitment to stopping Heathrow expansion and addressing the climate and ecological emergency."

Climate protesters claim police used 'signal jammers' to stop them shutting down Heathrow with drones.
Climate change activists who sought to use drones to disrupt flights in and out of Heathrow say their attempts were thwarted by police using signal jammers. Environmental protest group, Heathrow Pause, a splinter group of the Extinction Rebellion movement, had intended to fly the devices in the 5km zone around the transport hub. But a video posted on the group’s Twitter account on Friday morning showed them struggling to get the drones off the ground. A caption alongside the footage read: “Heathrow using signal jamming to frustrate early flights”. Heathrow using signal jamming to frustrate early flights �����#HeathrowPause#ClimateBreakdown#ActNowhttps://t.

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