Police say there is no video footage of the drone which sparked Gatwick Airport chaos and it is “a possibility” there never was one.
After a three-day game of cat and mouse, police have admitted that the drone suspected of bringing Gatwick airport to a standstill may never have existed.
A senior police officer in the case said it was “always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place.”
He said the police are working with human beings saying they have seen something.
The revelation comes as the prime suspects in the probe – a man and a woman from nearby Crawley – were released without charge by Sussex Police.
The couple were held for 36 hours on suspicion of “disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons”.
Officers continue house-to-house inquiries near the location of the drone sightings.
The incident caused Gatwick Airport’s biggest disruption since the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud of 2010.
Anti-drone technology used by the army has been brought into Gatwick in an attempt to thwart any further attempts at disruption.
The airport is offering a £50,000 reward to catch the culprit…if there is one.