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Nearly 50 drone sightings had been reported at the airport during the initial incidents from 9.07pm last Wednesday to 4.25pm last Thursday, Sussex police said, though some reports may have been duplicates.

Police say there have been more than 200 sightings since the first drone was spotted in the Gatwick area on Wednesday, with officers taking 67 statements.

The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport has a reward of $89,855 through Crimestoppers for anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the disrupted flights.

Police said Saturday the suspects are a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from Crawley, which is roughly eight kilometres from the airport.

An aircraft comes in to land as the runway is reopened at Gatwick Airport.

The system also has a laser that can melt drones, but the Daily Mail said this technology was not purchased by Britain. Several conspiracy theories are flying around (like, say, a drone at an airport) including tales of government cover-ups and theories that the government is "wargaming" what would happen if flights were grounded due to Brexit going through next year without an agreement with the European Union being reached.

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Police say a sophisticated drone operation is targeting the airport to cause maximum disruption during the holiday rush.

"Our inquiry continues at a pace to locate those responsible for the drone incursions, and we continue to actively follow lines of investigation", said Tingley.

Det Ch Supt Tingley said the arrests made on Friday night were as a result of a tip-off from a member of the public.

Hundreds of people were forced to sleep at the airport as the massive disruption meant they had no idea if or when their flights would take off.

Aviation minister Elizabeth Sugg said the government planned to "introduce new laws to ensure that drones are used safely and responsibly", according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The airport, which shut its runway for spells on Wednesday and Friday and for all of Thursday, said it aimed to run a full schedule on Saturday.

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Chagrined county police in England insisted Monday that drone sightings over London's Gatwick Airport were authentic, while a former suspect in the aerial mystery that wreaked days of travel havoc complained bitterly about his treatment.

More than 750 flights were canceled and 124,000 passengers were affected.

It is a criminal offense in the United Kingdom to endanger the safety of an aircraft - a charge that would carry up to a five-year prison sentence if convicted, according to the BBC.

Labour has called for an independent inquiry after accusing the Government of failing to act on the risks posed by drones at Gatwick.

But a Department for Transport spokesman dismissed claims of missed opportunities to prevent the Gatwick incident as "a combination of nonsense and gross misrepresentation".

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