The couple arrested in connection with the drone attack at Gatwick airport have been released without charge.

Paul Gait, 47, and his wife Elaine Kirk, 54, were detained on Friday night on suspicion of flying a drone above Britain’s second busiest airport.

The couple were held for questioning for almost 36 hours, but sources told the Telegraph they had been released without charge.

Friends, colleagues and family of Mr Gait, who is a drone enthusiast, had insisted he could not be responsible for the incident as he had been at work throughout much of the disruption.

Sussex Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said: “Both people have fully co-operated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick.

The couple’s release means the hunt now continues for those responsible for the chaos at Gatwick, which wrecked the Christmas travel plans for hundreds of thousands of passengers.

The news came as Gatwick Airport offered a reward of £50,000 for information leading to the capture of those responsible.

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