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Gatwick airport thefts

Fifteen people have been arrested as part of an investigation into thefts at Gatwick Airport.

15 arrested over Gatwick thefts

Fifteen people have been arrested as part of an investigation into large scale thefts at Gatwick Airport.

More than 60 officers executed warrants from 4am on Tuesday July, 9 at homes across Sussex as well in Surrey and Kent.

The 14 men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of theft after raids were carried out in Crawley, Brighton, Worthing, Angmering, Bognor, Surrey and Kent.

Officers are still calculating how much property was seized as part of the operation.

Ten of thousands of cigarettes have been seized as well as large quantities of alcohol, watches and jewellery.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Ottawa, is aimed at tackling the theft of £100,000s of duty free items at Gatwick before they could be put on flights.

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