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Former pilot arrested at Gatwick is jailed for being four times over alcohol limit

A former pilot who was more than four times the alcohol limit when he reported for duty has been jailed.

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Julian Monaghan was arrested at Gatwick Airport just minutes before the British Airways Boeing 777 to Mauritius was due to take off on the evening of 18 January.

He was subsequently charged with performing an ancillary activity to an aviation function with 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

The legal limit is 20mg.

Monaghan, 49, a resident of South Africa, pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 6 June and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (12 June) to eight months’ imprisonment – this was reduced from 12 months due to his early guilty plea.

Detective Constable Stuart Macpherson, the officer in charge of the case, said:

“Monaghan was reported to us through the diligence and integrity of the aircraft technician who smelt alcohol on his breath and alerted the authorities as appropriate.

“Although he offered mitigating circumstances and was not an operating pilot on the day in question, he was still an active member of the flight deck and could have been called upon at any moment. Therefore his mitigation does not alter the fact that he potentially put the lives of more than 200 people at risk.

“There are no laybys at 30,000ft and has Monaghan been required to take control of the aircraft in the event of an emergency on the flight deck in the early stages of the flight, his judgement and abilities would have been impaired.”

Senior Crown Prosecutor Alice Trodden, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “The defendant was four times over the prescribed alcohol limit when he reported for duty as first officer for the flight.

“The defendant was arrested just 10 minutes before the flight was due to push back and the potential consequences, had he been required to take control of the plane while impaired in the event of an emergency, cannot be underestimated.

“In the face of the overwhelming evidence put forward by the police and CPS, the defendant pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity.”

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Police Commissioner in Queens Sq as force adds 200 additional officers across Sussex

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne meets locals in Crawleys Queens Sq as drugs campaign is promoted with Crime Stoppers.

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Crawley police have been making themselves more visible the past few days with displays and officers out and about in the town centre.

It all comes as the town is seemingly going through an increase in violent crimes.

The current presence in Queens Sq by the police was in conjunction with Crime Stoppers who were highlighting to the public the problem with County Lines.

Put simply, this is where drug gangs are recruiting locally for their drugs business and can involve grooming youngsters into working for them. 

Speaking to CN24 the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne explained that the county is in the process of a major recruitment campaign which will see an additional 200 officers added to the current number.

The Commissioner also explained that the police are working hard at increasing their public face and that more work still needs to be done so that the public do not feel worried.

If you can help the police with any information on drug crimes in your area please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

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