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PCSO to be sentenced for stealing from passengers

Alexis Scott will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A community policewoman who stole thousands of pounds from passengers at Gatwick due to be sentenced today.

39-year-old Alexis Scott conned seven long-haul travellers while they were at departure gates. She told them they couldn't take more than one thousand pounds out of the country - and made them hand over all their spending money.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.

Scott, of Plumstead, south-east London, was arrested in May last year and accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims. She was convicted in July of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office following a three-week trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

Scott, who was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at the same court, was cleared by a jury of one count of theft.

Following the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said Scott had fallen woefully short of the "highest personal and professional standards" expected by Sussex Police, abusing the trust the force had placed in her and the trust of the public.

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.

Poll finds majority supports 2nd runway at Gatwick

The majority of Gatwick's local community supports a second runway and 60% of residents think it's important for the local economy

Those are the findings of a poll conducted by the airport. It's expansion plans faces opposition from campaigners but bosses at the airport the survey is encouraging.

ITV Meridian spoke to David McMillan from Gatwick Airport.


EasyJet 'puts contingency plans in action' over volcano

EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action Credit: PA

"As things stand there are no changes to easyJet's flying programme, including flights to and from Iceland," a spokesperson for the airline said. The budget airline said it is using specialist technology to ensure any ash created by the eruption is detected and chartered.

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Met Office 'in close contact' with Iceland over volcano

The Met Office has been in "close contact" with Iceland's Meterological Office, after it issued a red alert for the country's Bardabunga volcano which began erupting today. A spokeswoman said:

We are in close contact with the Icelandic Met Office, but currently they tell us that the eruptions are sub-glacial, so no ash has made it to the surface.

If ash does make it to the surface, we will run our model which will indicate where any ash would go, and we will inform the CAA and Nats. They will then make the decision on how that will affect any air flights.

– Met Office

Man reaches Gatwick lounge without a ticket

A Turkish man sparked a security scare at Gatwick Airport today after passing through customs without a ticket.The man managed to reach the departure lounge at around 8.20am before he was stopped by staff.

Shocked passengers were said to have left the airport after hearing what had happened.

Earlier this morning a gentleman accompanying his family through the airport was incorrectly allowed access to the departure lounge without having a boarding pass. The incident is being investigated but all individuals correctly passed through the series of full security search and screen processes."

– Spokesman for Gatwick Airport


PCSO in court accused of stealing thousands from passengers at Gatwick

A community policewoman has gone on trial accused of using her position to steal thousands of pounds from passengers while on duty at Gatwick Airport.

It's claimed that Community Support Officer Alexis Scott, who's 39, told travellers that she would have to take money from them, because they were attempting to take too much cash out of the country.

She denies any wrong doing. John Ryall has been following the case and sends this.

MP raises concern about new flight paths from Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport Credit: ITV news

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has raised concerns about aircraft noise over Downland villages resulting from a trial flight path from Gatwick. The MP has received numerous complaints from residents who say that it results in lower flying aircraft and noise over their villages.

The flight path trials are part of a consultation about London airspace by the Civil Aviation Authority.

In a reply Stuart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, said that the trial would run until 17 August, after which the flight paths would revert to their previous route and he apologised for any disturbances caused during the trial.

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Security alert at the region's airports after USA warning

There's a security clampdown at airports tonight - after a new terror alert, issued by the Government of the United States of America. There are fears that al-Qaeda groups are targetting the aviation industry once again.

The alert came on the day new low-cost routes were introduced from Gatwick - to the United States. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Airline to fly to LA and New York for as little as £150

The first new low cost airline for 40 years to fly from the the UK to the United States is taking off today from Gatwick.

Norwegian will fly the new Dreamliner to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles from as little as £150.

But unions claim the airline want to use cheap labour from South Asia and have concerns over safety, which the airline deny.

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