Flights in and out of Gatwick Airport in London have been suspended after air traffic controllers received reports of two drones flying close to the airport.

The airport said it was investigating the incident and apologised to customers for the inconvenience.

A statement said: "Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick Airport airfield, we have had to suspend flights while this is investigated.

"We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety is our foremost priority."

Gatwick Airport has advised anyone flying from the airport, or collecting someone, to check the status of their flight.

Several passengers reported long waits for take off or diversions.