Police appeal for runway vigilance

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HAMPSHIRE police have asked people who fly or use light aircraft to report any suspicious activities at airfields.

Project Pegasus is a national initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers, the National Crime Agency and UK Border Force to stop the smuggling of contraband into the United Kingdom, as well as to combat potential terrorist threats and organised crime.

There are 52 airfields across Hampshire.

It is advised that people thoroughly check other people on the airfield are behaving in a normal manner; whether the pilot seems inexperienced, or is being evasive about flight plans; if the aircraft itself has been modified, or is visiting remote locations; and if people have simply been behaving oddly or have been bringing through suspicious items.

Hampshire police urge anyone who sees something suspicious to not approach the individuals or take direct action, but to dial 101, quoting Project Pegasus, and giving as much information as possible.