Couple wrongly arrested for Gatwick drone fiasco reveal personal toll

The couple mistakenly arrested for being behind drone chaos at Gatwick airport have spoken out about the experience.

Paul Gait, 47, and Elaine Kirk, 54, said they felt "completely violated" by the investigation and their 36-hour-long stay in police custody, the Telegraph reports.

"Our home has been searched and our privacy and identity completely exposed. Our names, photos and other personal information have been broadcast throughout the world," the pair told media in a press conference outside their west Sussex home.

"We are deeply distressed, as are our family and friends."

Criticism of the police investigation into the drone incident are growing, after Sussex Police said there may never have been a drone in the first place.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling chaired an hour-long call with MPs including Sajid Javid and David Lidington on Monday (local time).

A government source told the Telegraph the first item on the agenda was mistakes made by the Sussex police.

"The police know a crime was committed because they had over 200 reports of sightings of drones over Gatwick, and they had detailed 67 statements, including from police officers and staff at Gatwick.

"That is what they should have said - but they didn't quite do it like that."

More than 140,000 passengers had their travel plans interrupted on Thursday (local time) last week when drone sightings shut down Gatwick Airport for more than 24 hours.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at the airport, which is the United Kingdom's second busiest.