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The shutdown started just after 21:00, when two drones were spotted being flown over the airfield.
"Multiple reports" of further sightings followed, a Gatwick spokesman said, and all flights to and from the airport were suspended.
The runway was briefly reopened at about 03:01, the airport said, but forced to close again about 45 minutes later amid "a further sighting of drones".Mr Woodroofe told the BBC two drones had been seen flying "over the perimeter fence and into where the runway operates from", sparking "very significant disruption".
He said 20 police units were hunting for the drones' pilot, but police had not wanted to shoot the devises down because of the risk from stray bullets.
originally posted by: SlowNail
Huh? They can find kids with laser pens, but not a couple of drone pilots? What kind of range do drones operate at? I can't imagine the 20 police units had that much of an area to search.