A freelance cameraman has been arrested after flying a drone near Gatwick Airport. Surrey Police were caught on camera arresting Eddie Mitchell for breach of the peace before trying to land the drone themselves.
Mr Mitchell, though, says he was operating the kit within the rules. He was later released without charge.
Kate Bunkall has this report.
Surrey Police have confirmed that a 49-year-old man has been arrested for breaching the peace.
The 49-year-old cameraman's arrest followed complaints from local residents and others in the vicinity of the tragic incident in which a woman and two young children sadly lost their lives.
Police confiscated the drone during his arrest but are in the process of returning it to the cameraman.
A number of uniformed officers and detectives were sent to the scene of this tragic incident to assist Surrey Fire and Rescue Service with their investigation.
“While in attendance, concerns about the behaviour of a man were raised to officers from people who believed he was acting in a disrespectful and intrusive manner.
“At the time of the arrest, the main focus for officers and fire crew at the scene was to conclude the initial forensic investigation and to allow the dignified removal of the bodies of those who had sadly died.
“This was a deeply distressing incident which has devastated the community and the impact will be felt for some time. The thoughts of all at Surrey Police are with those affected by the fire.”
Here's the moment when photojournalist Eddie Mitchell was arrested by police for flying a drone near Gatwick Airport. Surrey Police officers are filmed arresting him for breach of the peace - and are then seen trying to land the drone themselves.
Mr Mitchell - who works freelance for a range of news organisations - had been flying the drone near the scene of a fatal fire in Surrey.
He says the location, near Gatwick, is part of the airport's air traffic control zone, but is not a no-fly area. He is a trained drone pilot and is one of the few journalists approved by the Civil Aviation Authority to commercially operate drones. He said he did not need to alert air traffic as his drone was weighing under 7kg.
Mr Mitchell was held in custody for a number of hours, before being released. It's thought police believed he had been operating the drone in a no-fly zone.
"A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace."
A photojournalist has been arrested by police after using a drone near Gatwick Airport. Eddie Mitchell - approved by the CAA to commercially operate small unmanned aircraft - was held for hours.
Gospel singers from the region have created a new world record by staging the highest ever carol concert thousands of feet in the air. It was on a plane from Gatwick to Geneva and was rsising money for the charity Unicef. Mike Pearse watched the fun.
NATS has confirmed that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre. All London airspace has been closed.
'"We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised. Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details."
Gatwick Airport train station is to get a major upgrade. A redesign costing £120.5m will 'transform the station and passenger experience'. Work is scheduled to start in 2017 and complete in 2020. Passengers will experience a seamless transition' between the airport and the new station.
The concourse area will double in size, to reduce congestion and improve the passenger experience; more escalators and lifts will improve access to all platforms; and passengers will be provided with clear, concise information.
The improvements will see the rail station manage the expected growth in air passengers using the single runway airport, with demand at the station set to increase by five million to 20 million rail passengers a year by 2025.
Plans for hundreds of new carriages on Gatwick Express and Thameslink routes have been welcomed by Rail Minister Claire Perry, following more than £300 million of investment by the rail industry.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has today agreed a £145 million order for 108 new carriages to replace the existing Gatwick Express fleet. The new carriages will be built in the UK by Derby-based Bombardier and are due to enter service in 2016.
In a further boost for passengers, GTR and Southern Railways has also confirmed that 116 new carriages will start to roll out on the Thameslink route between Bedford and Brighton from December. The carriages were ordered from manufacturer Bombardier last year and are due to replace the existing stock from May 2015 until the Siemens-built Thameslink trains enter service.
Once this fleet is operational, it will free up existing electric carriages to be released onto newly-electrified routes, creating additional capacity for passengers.
Last month was the busiest September at Gatwick since records began.
Over 3.8 million passengers used the airport - an increase of 7.7% on last year. The number of people flying from Gatwick has grown for the past 19 months in a row.
“easyJet can confirm that the Captain of flight EZY7215 from Liverpool to Naples took the decision to divert to London Gatwick Airport as a precaution due to a technical issue which resulted in smoke in the flight deck.
“The flight diverted to London Gatwick in line with our standard operating procedures. The aircraft landed safely and was met by emergency services as a routine and precautionary measure. Once at its stand all passengers remained calm and disembarked normally.
“The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.
“The passengers will continue their journey to Naples on a replacement aircraft.
“easyJet would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Airbus A320 had 157 passengers and 6 crew on-board."