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easyJet passenger convicted after biting police office at Gatwick

A man who bit a police officer after being arrested for shouting racial abuse on a plane has been convicted in court.

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Officers responded to reports of a disruptive passenger on the easyJet flight inbound from Faro to Gatwick Airport on 18 May.

Having been asked to sit down and put his seatbelt on as the aircraft prepared to land, the defendant became aggressive towards cabin crew. He also used a number of expletives, of which some were racially aggravated.

Police attended the aircraft as it came to a standstill and the defendant was identified as Kieran Croxley, 44, a labourer, of Howell Walk, Southwark, London.

The officers asked him to follow them, at which point he again became abusive and started swearing. As they attempted to arrest him, Croxley bit one officer’s hand and dug his nails into the arm of another, causing the skin to break. And while being transported into custody, he attempted to bite a third officer.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress; behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner towards aircraft crew; and three counts of assault on an emergency worker.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 26 September, Croxley pleaded guilty to all five offences.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay a £900 fine, £450 costs and a total of £325 in compensation to the officers he assaulted.

Croxley was arrested as part of Project Disrupt – an annual campaign run by Sussex Police to combat drunken and disruptive behaviour.

You can find out more about the operation here.

Inspector James Biggs, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable. No member of aircraft crew, nor their passengers, should have to experience such abuse. Nor should any emergency worker expect to be assaulted for simply carrying out their duties.

“This case should serve as a reminder to passengers of their responsibilities before they board an aircraft. Incidents of drunken and disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated, and anyone who compromises this will be dealt with robustly.”

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Amazing opportunity as Gatwick looks for a new charity partner

London Gatwick yesterday (3rd Oct ’19) announced that it is seeking a new charity partner, with the successful applicant set to secure a unique opportunity to increase its profile and fund raising possibilities.

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The partnership will last for two years and registered local charities are encouraged to apply before the deadline of 15th November 2019.

The airport will choose the charity that can best improve the lives of local people through the partnership, with applicants also assessed on what the charity wants to achieve from the new relationship, what the money raised will go towards and why it will be a good ‘fit’ with Gatwick and its employees.

In addition to an increase in profile and contributions, Gatwick will encourage the airport’s 3000 staff and its partners to volunteer their time and expertise to the chosen charity and help support fund raising events and projects.

Gatwick has three charity partners at any one time, which it works with to raise funds over the longer term – two local and one airport-based charity. Gatwick’s current ongoing charities are Gatwick TravelCare and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, with Gatwick’s work with St Catherine’s Hospice coming to an end in April 2020 after a double term of four years.

Gatwick TravelCare has been working alongside Gatwick’s terminal teams to assist passengers since 1986.  Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex makes emergency crews available to respond to emergency situations across the region every day of the year.

For community groups that do not have charity status or for those that do not feel a charity partnership would be appropriate, the airport also provides Gatwick Foundation Fund grants Applications for grants in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex can be made via the Gatwick website.

Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport said:

“We are excited about our new partnership and can not wait to see who applies next! If you think your charity could improve the lives of local people in partnership with us, then please apply!

“Our aim for this new partnership is to replicate the success we have had with our previous charity partners.”

Allan McHenry, Assistant Director of Service delivery, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex said:

“The sponsorship from Gatwick is incredibly important to us. A lot of the people going off on holiday travel through Gatwick and it gives them the opportunity to find out more about our charity and helps us raise our profile”.

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