Gatwick workers arrested over duty-free theft

Two workers at Gatwick Airport have been arrested by police investigating the alleged theft of duty-free goods. The pair were seen acting suspiciously and stopped just after 6am today by officers running an operation into thefts at the West Sussex airport.

Passengers at Gatwick airport Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Police examined bags they were carrying and discovered sealed bottles of perfume and other duty-free items. A property in Crawley was also being searched as part of the inquiry. The pair - a 22-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both from Crawley - were arrested on suspicion of theft. A police spokesman said both worked for a contractor based at the airport, and not for the site's owner, Gatwick Airport Ltd.

"These arrests are part of a long-running investigation into the theft of duty-free goods from the airport. There is no suggestion that passengers have been targeted and today's arrests are not linked to previous operations aimed at catching airport workers who might be committing thefts there. We are working with Gatwick Airport Ltd and airline operators to tackle the issue of theft and to catch those responsible."

– Detective Inspector Andy Richardson