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Prices for Airport parking at Gatwick highest for 10 years

The UK market leader in travel extras, Holiday Extras, also offer their airport parking money saving tips.

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Recent research has shown airport parking prices last month for Gatwick Airport were the highest for ten years.

Holiday Extras, the UK market leader in travel extras, today announced that according to its latest analysis, parking prices for the airport surpassed an average of £10 per day – hitting those holiday makers from London and the South East hardest, but affecting all travellers from the airport.

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Limited options and supply in the surrounding area are two factors driving up costs for those wishing to park their cars prior to taking their holidays from Gatwick.

Holiday Extras Group CEO Matthew Pack explained:

“We sell airport parking at every major UK airport and have done so for over 30 years, so we really understand the market.

“This May we have seen the highest prices for ten years. Parking does usually become a bit more expensive in the summer months and prices go up as car parks start to sell out. However, we have seen prices very susceptible to big increases due to pressure on availability at the airport, an issue that is particularly acute at Gatwick.

“Therefore, we advise holidaymakers who know that they are going to be driving to the airport for their holiday this summer to book now and lock the price in before it rises. Travellers can save up to 60% on their parking by booking in advance, rather than paying the ‘drive-up’ price. This year, with costs already so high, it is more important than ever to book early. Otherwise, people could be facing a nasty shock on arrival.

“There are many ways that holidaymakers can save on airport parking, even if this summer is the most expensive we’ve ever seen.”

Holiday Extras offer their airport parking money saving tips for holidaymakers this summer:

  1. Just pre-booking will save you 60% versus turning up on the day. Guarantee the price and a space when you arrive.
  2. Book early, really early, 3 to 6 months if you can.
  3. Don’t just compare prices. Compare value. £70 will buy you a “meet and greet” option versus paying £60 to park yourself and ride on a bus.
  4. Be flexible. Don’t always book the same thing, try something new. If you use an airport regularly build up 2 or 3 services you trust and get used to using to benefit from potential price changes and local competition.
  5. Book an airport hotel with parking included in the price. Amazingly, its sometimes cheaper to stay at a 4 star hotel with a week’s parking included than it is to book parking on its own.

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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