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UK NewsHeathrow Pause activists 'preemptively' arrested

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

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Heathrow Pause released a statement which said: "Prospective drone pilots Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White have just been preemptively arrested and we caught it all on film. Officers handcuffed the Pause activists , placed them in separate cars and drove them away."

A group called Heathrow Pause , an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, planned to disrupt flights. Activists had said yesterday that the devices would be flown on Friday at Heathrow Pause tweeted that prospective drone pilots Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White had been “ preemptively arrested ”.

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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The arrests followed seven pre -emptive arrests on Thursday, when officers caught suspected would-be pilots, including Extinction Rebellion In the early hours of Friday, a live stream was shared on a Heathrow Pause Twitter account, showing two people struggling to get a drone off the ground.

Watch: Night time arrests at Heathrow (Sky). Climate change activists say they have successfully launched a drone intended to On Thursday, Heathrow Pause said "prospective drone pilots" Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White had been " preemptively arrested " in Bethnal Green, east London.

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 , an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, says the devices will be flown at head height and away from flightpaths on Friday to avoid any safety risk. Heathrow drone protest: Police vow major operation to stop climate activists shutting airport.

Activists from Heathrow Pause , a splinter of the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion, have vowed to shut down the London airport on Friday morning by flying small drones within the 5km exclusion zone. Their action is specifically against plans for a third runway at the airport

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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Activists from the group, known as Heathrow Pause , say their drones will only be flown at head-height, far away from the runways and any planes, and On Thursday, the tension escalated when five of the group's activists were arrested on "suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance."

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."

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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.

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