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Flights resume from Gatwick after another closure following drone sighting

It comes just as the airport was starting to get things running again but luckily this time it was only closed for around 40 mins.

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It last almost 12 hours but now the problem seems to have arisen again.  Fortunately this closure was very temporary.

Just before 6pm Gatwick put a temporary closure on the runway. They also tweeted:

A Gatwick Airport spokeswoman said: 

“We are hearing a report of another drone sighting which we are investigating.  While we look into this we have taken the precaution of suspending operations on the runway.  We will update as soon as we have more information.”

It comes as a number of safety measures have been brought in to enable Gatwick Airport to re-open.

Only earlier today Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said:

“The number of options now available to help us detect and mitigate the threat from the drone has given us increased confidence in keeping people safe.

“This has been a particularly challenging situation. We have looked at everything possible that we can deploy to mitigate this threat and we have a range of measures, of differing levels of sophistication, in place which puts us in a much better position. We are being supported by Surrey Police and Metropolitan Police, as well as the military.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“I’ve consistently raised Parliament concerns at key national infrastructure sites like Gatwick being vulnerable to illegal drone activity.  This latest runway closure may be due to ultra sensitive after yesterday’s incident but in any case clearly a new, more robust strategy must now urgently be put in place by the CAA, DFT and law enforcement.”

Sussex police also issued a statement:

“Gatwick Airport have advised us that airfield operations have been suspended for safety reasons while reports of renewed drone activity are investigated.

Sussex Police is supporting the airport and is proactively deploying significant resources to seek and locate the drone and its operator and to ensure the safety of the travelling public and all those in and around the airport.”

Now the runway has reopened but passengers waiting to leave are very nervous.

One said:

“All four of us just want to get on the plane and get in the air, then we will start to relax.  It’s a nervous wait now though.”

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Over a tonne of dangerous skin lightening creams seized at Gatwick Airport

More than a tonne of potentially carcinogenic cosmetics, including skin lightening creams, were seized at Gatwick Airport.

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West Sussex Trading Standards officers came to inspect the products after they were alerted by Border Force.

Officers noticed many of these brands had previously been found to contain hydroquinone – a banned substance linked to causing cancer.

Ten products were sent for safety testing and all failed. Eight contained hydroquinone and two were incorrectly labelled.

An investigation is taking place into the importer.

The products arrived into Gatwick Airport on 15 May 2019.

Peter Aston, Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Skin lightening creams containing hydroquinone that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor are banned in the UK, as they can cause serious side effects if used incorrectly. 

“Although some of the products detained listed hydroquinone as an ingredient, most did not and we must remind those using these types of products to only buy from reputable sources.”

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member, said:

“These products are very dangerous and have been linked to causing cancer and other skin diseases. I would like to thank our Trading Standards team for helping to put a stop to this unscrupulous trade.”

If you have been supplied with a skin lightening cream that lists hydroquinone as an ingredient, you can let Trading Standards know by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 0405060 or by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport.

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