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British plane spotters arrested in United Arab Emirates

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Three British plane spotters have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over

allegations of suspicious behaviour.

The men from Greater Manchester and another expat have been told they were arrested because

of “national security”, one family member said.

Conrad Clitheroe, 54, Gary Cooper, 45, and Neil Munro were reportedly taking notes near

Fujairah Airport, about 80 miles (130km) from Dubai.

They were arrested on 22 February.

Mr Clitheroe, from Stockport, Mr Cooper, from Reddish in Stockport and Mr Munro, originally

from Manchester, are being held at Fujairah prison, Mr Clitheroe’s wife Valerie said.

They were near Fujairah Airport where older and rarer aircraft can be seen.

The group attracted suspicion and were taken to a police station for questioning, where

their belongings were searched.

Mrs Clitheroe said: ” I have spoken to him three times since his arrest last week – he is

really upset, really sorry for upsetting me.

“They are shocked…. It is a case of national security.”

Mr Clitheroe and Mr Cooper had been visiting their friend Mr Munro and were due to return

home on the day they were arrested.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the arrest of

three British nationals in Dubai on 22 February.

“We are providing consular assistance at this time”



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