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A couple arrested and then released without charge over the Gatwick chaos say they feel violated

The couple arrested over the drone chaos at Gatwick Airport have said they feel “completely violated”.

Paul Gait and Elaine Kirk, who were released without charge, told Sky News their “privacy and identity” had been “completely exposed” after being named in the media and their home searched.

In a statement issued from the steps of their home in Crawley, they said: “We are deeply distressed, as are our family and friends, and we are currently receiving medical care.

“The way we were initially perceived was disgusting,” they said.

Mr Gait, 47, and Ms Kirk, 54, said they had been “totally overwhelmed” by the support they had received from people around the world.

“We would ask that the press please respect our privacy and leave us to try and get through Christmas as best we can,” they said.

They were arrested and later named by some media over weekend following last week’s chaos when 140,000 passengers faced three days of disruption.

There were more than 200 reported sightings of drones, with police taking 67 statements, including some from fellow officers and airport staff.

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