Five people were arrested at Heathrow Airport prior to the scheduled drone protest.

Three men and two women between the ages of 20 and 50 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

Heathrow Break – a splinter of the Extinction rebellion movement – wants to fly in the 5 km long restricted zone around the airport drones.

Two men were arrested Thursday in Bethnal Green, Pritchards Street. Heathrow Pause said they were "budding drone pilots" Roger Hallam – a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion – and Mike Lynch-White who were interviewed by a reporter at Billy's Cafe "when four police cars pulled up".

Roger Hallam is arrested in Bethnal green on Thursday (Heathrow pause)

The Met said two women and one man were also arrested at Hornsey Lane in Highgate.

All five suspects were in custody on Thursday night.

In response to the arrests, Heathrow Pause issued a statement stating:

Deputy Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: "We have made these arrests today in response to plans to illegally operate drones near Heathrow Airport, which the Heathrow Break protest group said will take place tomorrow morning.

"Our surveillance plan aims to prevent criminal activity that poses a significant security risk to the airport and the thousands of passengers who will use it, and we have previously warned that arrests would take place if these activities continue."

"In these circumstances, we believe that these arrests represent an appropriate response to the prevention of criminal activity that could have a significant impact on much of the national infrastructure.

"We remain well prepared for the planned protest of tomorrow and will quickly work to identify criminal activity and arrest anyone who commits crime."

The police yesterday told Heathrow passengers to travel as usual on Friday, "because we'll do anything to prevent disruption."