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Police slam green activists over criminal Heathrow drone protest

File photo dated 25/02/17 of a drone flying in Hanworth Park in west London, as environmental campaigners from Heathrow Pause - a splinter of the Extinction Rebellion movement - have said they plan to fly drones around Heathrow airport in a bid to ground flights at the transport hub.

Campaigners from Heathrow Pause have said they will fly drones around the airport(Picture: PA Wire)

Police have accused climate activists of staging a deliberate and criminal attack on UK infrastructure with a planned drone protest at Heathrow.

Scotland Yard chiefs warned activists from an Extinction Rebellion splinter group will be arrested if they fly drones near the airport without permission on Friday.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor suggested the stunt risked attracting would-be terrorists as well as serious safety concerns and disruption.

Heathrow Pause said they plan to break the law but are utterly committed to the principles of non-violence, transparency and accountability and to cooperating with the police as far as is possible.

A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: We appreciate the police have a job to do – its their job to arrest us and we have no problem with them doing that.

Passengers in Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport after departures were temporarily suspended following "reports of drones" at the airport.

Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport, where green activists plan to cause disruption on Friday (Picture: PA Archive)

He added: Their families are under threat [from climate change] along with everybody elses. Were all in this together.

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Heathrow Pause activists met with police yesterday, including Roger Hallam, widely known as the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

Hallam said: Ill be flying a drone at head height, some distance from Heathrow. Itll be 100 per cent safe and 100 percent illegal.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Taylor today said the group had not told police which areas they would target.

He added: As a result weve had to put a significant policing plan in place that drains resources from across the Metropolitan Police.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters stage a "die in" Leeds City Centre in Yorkshire, as Scotland Yard has pledged to do everything in its power to stop a repeat of the large-scale disruption caused by XR in London earlier this year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 18, 2019. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the group's tactics - which included activists blocking roads and chaining themselves to buildings and trains in a deliberate bid to be arrested - have changed the protesting landscape. See PA story POLICE ExtinctionRebellion. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Heathrow Pause has been described as an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion (Picture: PA Wire)

We shouldnt be having to put significant numbers to deal with unlawful activity when the protest could be done in a different way.

Taylor said officers had a robust plan in place to deal with illegal activity quickly and efficiently after studying last years drone disruption at Gatwick.

A range of counter-drone measures were available to officers, who will be covering the airport and the surrounding areas, he said.

He added: We are going to Read More – Source

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