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Norwegian Air Uk fined for flying dogs into Gatwick illegally

An airline has been ordered to pay more than £4,500 for illegally flying pet dogs into Gatwick Airport.

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Norwegian Air UK Ltd was fined £4,200 and ordered to pay £334.86 in costs and a £140 victim surcharge at Worthing Magistrates Court on Friday 8 November following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Dogs illegally travelled in the aircraft cabin four times between February 2019 and July 2019.

None of these animals were recognised assistance dogs and in two cases the dogs had not had the required tapeworm treatment for entry into the UK. This meant they were not compliant with the PETS travel scheme.

The Court heard that the airline has had previous warnings from West Sussex Trading Standards for illegally transporting animals and had accepted simple cautions for similar offences.

Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Although the dogs were compliant with their rabies vaccinations, it is vital that all other inoculations are also up to date to avoid transmission to people and other animals.

“For the safety of other passengers it is important that only bona-fide assistance dogs, trained by recognised training organisations, are allowed to travel in the cabin of aircraft.”

You can report concerns about illegally imported animals by contacting Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or online via www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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Man jailed after making bomb hoax to avoid missing Gatwick flight

A man who reported a bomb hoax in an attempt to delay the flight he was running late for has been jailed.

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Police received an anonymous call on 4 May from a man who told the call handler: “easyJet flight 8897 leaves in 40 minutes… There may be a bomb on the plane, you need to delay it, you need to stop it now.”

As a result of the call, all passengers for the 5.40pm Gatwick to Marrakech flight were held in the gate room and the crew were evacuated from the aircraft.

During this time, a man turned up late for check-in, and enquiries revealed the mobile number used to make the hoax call was the same number owned by this man.

Officers attended and the suspect was identified as Rashidul Islam, 32, a designer, of Ivy Road, London. He was arrested in the North Terminal on suspicion of making a bomb hoax and taken into custody.

In police interview, Islam fully admitted the offence. He claimed he intended to travel to Marrakech to meet with his fiancée, however he had problems on public transport which caused him to be late for his flight.

In a desperate attempt to delay it, he called 999 to say he had information there was a bomb on the plane.

Islam pleaded guilty to the offence and at Lewes Crown Court on 17 January he was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. He has also been banned from Gatwick Airport. 

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Stephen Trott, said:

“While the defendant expressed remorse, there is no excuse for his actions that day and he has been sentenced accordingly.

“Making a false report of a bomb on a plane not only causes significant costs and delays to the airport and its passengers; it also strikes fear into the community.

“We treat all reports of this nature extremely seriously, and anyone caught committing such an offence will be dealt with robustly.

“We work closely with Gatwick Airport and its airlines to ensure people are kept as safe as possible, and we will not tolerate anyone who compromises this.”

Following Islam’s arrest, all luggage was re-screened and the passengers were re-checked through security, and the flight eventually departed at 8.54pm – more than three hours later than scheduled.

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