Couple awarded £200,000 after being wrongly arrested over Gatwick Aiport drone chaos

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A COUPLE wrongly arrested over the Gatwick Airport drone chaos which grounded hundreds of flights have won a £200,000 payout.

Paul Gait and his wife Elaine were held for 36 hours after armed officers stormed their home.

But they were at work at the time of the incidents in December 2018 and owned no drones.

Window fitter Paul, 48, and Elaine, 55, of Crawley, West Sussex, got the settlement from Sussex Police for wrongful arrest and false im­prisonment.

In a letter, Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable David Miller said: “I acknowledge that this would have been a traumatic time for you.”

Mr and Mrs Gait, from Crawley, said in a statement: “We are delighted to have finally received vindication, it has been a very long fight for justice.

“The sums being paid by Sussex Police and letter received from the Assistant Chief Constable are confirmation of our innocence and wrongful treatment.

“It has taken lengthy legal proceedings to obtain resolution from the police and to finally have closure on this distressing time.

“We look forward to moving on and putting this terrible episode behind us.”

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