BREAKING Departure flights were suspended due to drone activity reported at Heathrow Airport

Drone sightings have been reported at Heathrow Airport, with departiures suspended until further notice as an investigation is underway.

At approx 17:05hrs today, police received reports of a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow airport.

Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen.

Heathrow tweeted:

We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.

A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a “precautionary measure” to “prevent any threat to operational safety”.