Gatwick drone - time and date of final drone sighting

I Hudson made this Freedom of Information request to Sussex Police

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Dear Sussex Police,

Can you confirm the time and date of the final sighting of the December 2018 drone at Gatwick.

Originally the Sussex Police Twitter account said the final sighting was 21st December but didn't give a time.

Yours faithfully,

I Hudson

Sussex Police

Date: 12/07/2019

Your Ref:    Freedom of Information request - Gatwick drone - time and date of final drone sighting   

Our Ref: FOI 843.19

Contact Name: Roger Brace FOI Officer
Email : [email address]

Contact number: 101 ext 545251

Dear Ian,

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Dear Sussex Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Sussex Police's handling of my FOI request 'Gatwick drone - time and date of final drone sighting'. FOI 843.19

I'd asked over 2 years ago for the final Gatwick drone sighting, the time and date, the recently disclosed Trebor timeline suggests this was the 23rd December or later.

Please clarify the final sighting as called into the police and the final one the police received which was part of the 109 of the deemed “credible” witnesses. Otherwise explain why this information will not be disclosed despite a considered public internal, nationally and globally.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

I Hudson

I Hudson left an annotation ()

Should have read: Otherwise explain why this information will not be disclosed despite a considerable public interest, nationally and globally.

No doubt they'll understand the predictive text typos...

Sussex Police

Good afternoon,


Thank you for your FOI request.


We would like to inform you that unfortunately we are unlikely to respond
to your FOI request within the 20 Day time limit.


We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will
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Kind regards,


FOI Team.



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