Man accused of flying from Heathrow to New York without a passport or ticket arrested in Richmond

By Heather Nicholls

12th Feb 2024 | Local News

Man accused of flying from Heathrow to New York without a passport or ticket arrested in Richmond (credit: Nick Fewings/Unsplash).
Man accused of flying from Heathrow to New York without a passport or ticket arrested in Richmond (credit: Nick Fewings/Unsplash).

A man who has been accused of flying from London to New York without a passport or boarding pass has been arrested in Richmond today (Monday 12 February) after he failed to appear in court.

As reported by Sky News, Craig Sturt, 46, was taken into custody at around 8am on suspicion of failing to appear in court on Monday.

The Met Police said Sturt failed to appear for a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on January 22.

He now remains in custody at a police station in London.

He was first arrested at around 8pm on Christmas Day after arriving back in London on a flight from New York.

The man, from Slough, Berkshire, was charged with obtaining services by deception, being unlawfully airside and boarding an aircraft without permission.

British Airways said it was assisting the authorities with their investigation.

A Heathrow Airport spokesman said: "All people who go airside are subject to security screening, including the individual involved in this case.

"We are supporting the authorities with their ongoing investigation."

     

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