4 British plane spotters arrested on suspicion of terror offences in Kenya

Eddie Swift
Eddie Swift, 47, is one of the four men held in Kenya. Photo: Facebook

British plane spotters, 47-year-olds Eddie Swift and Paul Abbott along with Steve Gibson, 60, and Ian Glover, 46, have been arrested and held in Kenya on suspicion of terror offences after taking pictures of aircraft taking off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

The four friends were taken for questioning after taking snaps from an airport pub while on a two week plane spotting trip to Africa which sparked the terror alert.

They later appeared in court, were remanded in custody for a week, and have been charged with trespassing and using a mobile phone app to monitor flights.

Photography was banned at Kenyan airports after jihadists massacred 67 people in 2013 at the Westgate shopping centre.

The Sun March 19, 2016
Today’s front page of The Sun newspaper carried the story

Under Kenyan law, those found guilty of terrorism offences can face up to 30 years in jail.

Paul Abbott
One of the photos believed to have been taken by Paul Abbott in Kenya. Photo: Facebook

Relatives of the men have been reported as describing the situation as “worrying” and claimed “none of them would harm a fly”.

“Eddie and his mates are just chaps who like taking pictures of planes. It’s a very worrying time.

“I’ve spoken to Eddie. He tried to put a brave face on it but I could tell he was anxious.”

– Eddie’s brother, Paul (speaking to The Sun)

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with Kenyan authorities following the arrest of four British nationals and are ready to provide consular assistance.”