Mr Allard said: “All it would have taken was for them to call me and contact me as his employer and I could have confirmed that all day Wednesday and half the day Thursday, he was part of a three-man team installing fascia, soffit and guttering at a client’s home in Groombridge, Kent. “On Friday he spent most of the day running my daughter about because she damaged one of her toes and he was ferrying her to the doctor.”Mr Allard went on: “I discovered on Friday evening that he had been arrested. I got onto the police on Saturday evening, but I couldn’t get through to anybody.”There was was just somebody who said I’ll take notes and pass that message on. But they never did get back to me, there was no return contact.”Mr Allard accused the police of dropping the ball and said the couple would be “mentally destroyed” by their ordeal.He said: “I know Paul well, he’s worked for me for 17 years and this is going to hit him like a 10-tonne truck. Although there was a complete lack of evidence, the police ripped his house apart. I know this will mentally destroy him.” Show more Mr Gait and his wife Elaine have been released without charge Paul Gait arrives home But after two nights of questioning at Crawley Police station they were allowed home having been released without charge.It is understood the police acted after receiving a tip off that Mr Gait, who was a drone enthusiast and lives less than two miles from Gatwick’s perimeter, might be involved.The couple, who have two teenage children between them, were recovering at their smart detached home in Crawley last night and were being comforted by relatives. He went on: “Sussex Police have really dropped the ball on this. I have always supported the police and I like to think I always would but in this case I think they have really got it wrong.”The couple were arrested at around 10pm on Friday evening following three days of chaos at Gatwick, which threatened to wreck the Christmas travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people. Show more The couple’s release means the hunt now continues for those responsible for crippling Gatwick in the run up to the busiest time of the year.Sussex Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said: “Both people have fully cooperated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick.“Our inquiry continues at a pace to locate those responsible for the drone incursions, and we continue to actively follow lines of investigation.” Police who arrested an innocent couple over the Gatwick drone attack were last night accused of conducting an “appalling” investigation, after it emerged they had repeatedly ignored evidence from a key witness.Paul Gait, 47, and his wife, Elaine Kirk, 54, were released without charge yesterday (Sun) after being questioned for 36 hours in connection with the disruption at Britain’s second busiest airport.But Mr Gait’s boss, who was with him when the drone attacks took place, said detectives had not even bothered to call him back when he offered to provide an alibi.John Allard, who runs the double glazing firm where former soldier, Mr Gait, has worked for 17-years, said the couple’s Christmas had been ruined by the police operation.The 68-year-old said he had been surprised not to hear from detectives after they arrested his employee and eventually took matters into his own hands by contacting them himself.But he said despite leaving his details nobody got back to him to discuss his alibi. Although he had a number of remote controlled aircrafts and helicopters, friends said he had no longer owned a drone. Ms Kirk’s brother, Mark, said the ordeal they had been through was “beyond words”.He said: “She’s not good. It’s beyond words what we’ve all been through. It’s just frightening, very frightening to go through an experience like this.”Speaking from their parents’ home in Crawley, he said he had no idea why the couple had fallen under suspicion.He said: “There is no reason, I haven’t got a clue. It’s literally fingers being pointed in the wrong direction. Unfortunately we have all suffered.”Mr Gait was a former gunner in the Royal Artillery who also worked as a security guard.He and Ms Kirk, who works in the Unilever sales department, married in 2013 and were described by locals in their quiet cul-de-sac as the “perfect neighbours”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.