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Firm makes major Gatwick oil find

An oil rig in the North Sea Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

An exploration firm has announced the discovery of billions of barrels of oil reserves at a site near Gatwick airport.

UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) said drilling of the 55-square mile site at the Weald Basin had discovered 158 million barrels per square mile. Chief executive Stephen Sanderson said the Horse Hill-1 well required appraisal and testing to prove its commercial viability but that it had "the potential for significant daily oil production".

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Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike

Flybe has cancelled flights Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of Britons flying abroad are facing travel chaos, with Gatwick and Southampton among airports affected, due to a strike by French air traffic controllers.

UK and Irish airlines have had to axe scores of flights while others are being disrupted, with the delays and cancellations affecting not only services to and from France but also flights to other parts of Europe.

EasyJet has cancelled 118 flights. Most of the axed services involve flights within France - but the scrapped services do include return flights to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton, as well as a Gatwick-Toulouse return service.

British Airways was among the other carriers that had to cancel flights, while Flybe axed 16 services including flights to Paris from Birmingham, Manchester and Exeter, as well as some flights from Southampton.

Police charges over plot to steal cigarettes worth £2 million

Sixteen people have charged with plotting to steal more than £2 million of cigarettes from their company at Gatwick Airport.

The 15 men and one woman have been charged jointly with stealing duty free cigarettes worth a total of £2,432,665 from Gate Gourmet, a business that supplies airlines at the airport.

They have been charged with conspiracy to steal from their employer and money laundering. They have all been released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 6 May.

Plot to steal cigarettes Credit: Press Association

The sixteen people have been charged with conspiracy to steal from their employer and money laundering. They have all been released on bail to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 6 May.

The charges follow a long running investigation by Sussex Police into the large-scale theft of duty free items at Gatwick.

The operation was run with the support of Gate Gourmet, which alerted Sussex Police to the issue after discovering irregularities with its stock. Suspects were arrested in a series of raids in July 2013.

A further two people - a 39-year-old man from Crawley and a 32-year-old man from Crawley - are still on bail as part of the investigation.

Schoolgirls who flew from Gatwick, thought to be heading to Syria, are "smart and determined"

A friend of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State has described her shock at their actions and called on them to return home.

Atlanta Broadbent, who goes to the same east London school as the girls, has known the trio for several years.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, flew to Istanbul in Turkey on Tuesday.

The three girls met at and travelled from Gatwick Credit: Metropolitan Police

They were really smart, they always turned up to their revision classes, they were determined in what they want to do. It just seems so weird how when they were thinking, it's like, what were they thinking? Individually they are all very close and just determined to do what they want to do. The memories with them, they just seemed so happy, we wouldn't think that they were going to do that.

– Atlanta Broadbent, school friend

The girls were last seen on February 17 at their home addresses in London. They then met and travelled to Gatwick airport where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul.

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Cameraman arrested over drone and police struggle to land device

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.

Journalist arrested for 'breaching the peace' with drone

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.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald

VIDEO: The moment a freelance cameraman is arrested by police

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."

– Surrey Police
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