Police prevent attempts to threaten aircraft landing, positioning and take-offs

Police at Heathrow have prevented attempts from the Plane Stupid campaign to threaten aircraft landings and take-offs at Heathrow’s North Runway. The police have confirmed that they do not at this stage believe that the group had terrorist intentions.

Twelve activists from the group cut through security fencing at around 03.30 today. Heathrow Airport apologised for the cancellation of some flights but said that “our priority remains to ensure the safe running of the airport”.

The airport had indicated that it will begin civil recovery proceedings against those who trespassed onto the runway in a bid to mitigate against the losses incurred which could run into hundreds of thousands.