Eco campaigner Sting flies solo on private jet - twice in one day

Sting has gone against his usual eco-warrior stance to fly solo on a private jet to Germany.

The Police front man, who has long been a campaigner on environmental issues, was spotted disembarking from the plane alone at Leipzig airport. He was then bussed into the city centre to perform with the rest of the band on Saturday.

Sting, aka Gordon Sumner, then flew home yesterday to perform The Police's last ever concert in the UK at London's Hyde Park Calling festival, although it is not known if he returned alone.

Relaxed life: Sting and his wife Trudi Styler watch the tennis on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, on Monday

Relaxed life: Sting and his wife Trudi Styler watch the tennis on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, on Monday

A spokesman for Leipzig airport who was there when Sting arrived said: 'We can confirm Sting was the only passenger on board the Falcon 2000 aircraft.'

The plane has the capacity to carry 14 people. The German fan who snapped him at the airport said: 'It's a shame he didn't come with the rest of the band or some roadies. I mean, he had the room.'

It will come as an embarrassment to the 56-year-old, who may have wanted to keep a low profile while in Germany, as last time he was there he was spotted leaving a brothel.


Sting performs with the Police in Hyde Park on Sunday. The band was named 'dirtiest band' in January for the scale of their carbon footprint

It has always been Sting's message for people to take responsibility for their actions, and at Live Aid a year ago he said it was everyone's duty to save the planet.

However, following accusations about the couple's carbon footprint earlier this year, Sting's wife Trudie Styler came out in defence of her husband, saying it was 'difficult' for a rock star not to use private jets to get around.

'When it comes to the carbon footprint, Sting puts his hand up immediately and says "I'm a musician and I have a huge carbon-footprint",' she said.

She then asked: 'Are we being hypocritical?' before seeming to answer the question herself.

'He has a 750-person crew to bring around the world and it is a difficult challenge.

Enlarge   Sting's home in Wiltshire

Sting's home in Wiltshire

'I would like to think that we both work pretty hard for the rights of indigenous people and for the rights of conservation of the Amazon rainforest, but we do need to get around. It's a difficult one.'

Her defence followed a round-up of green credentials for live acts, which called n Sting and the newly reformed Police the 'dirtiest band in the world'.

The couple came under fire last year for taking a helicopter to travel 80 miles from Wiltshire to Devon. Sting was also criticised for fronting an advertising campaign for a gas-guzzling Jaguar car.Sting has risked accusations of green hypocrisy by flying solo on a private jet twice in 24 hours.

The Police frontman and environmental campaigner was spotted getting off the plane alone at Leipzig airport in Germany.

The jet can carry 14. He was taken by bus into the city centre to perform with the rest of the group on Saturday.

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