The police commander in charge of policing drone protests intended to shut down Heathrow airport has said his officers will take any opportunity to pre-emptively stop activists from causing disruption to flights.
Activists from Heathrow Pause, a splinter of the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion, have vowed to shut down the London airport on Friday morning by flying small drones within the 5km exclusion zone.
Their action is specifically against plans for a third runway at the airport, the UK’s busiest and the seventh-busiest in the world. They say the protest has been scrupulously planned to ensure no one will be put at risk.
The Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said protesters taking part in the action “can expect to be arrested” and police would be looking at “all the powers and options and tactics available to