Notts Man Summoned Over Use Of Drones

18 March 2015, 14:10

A man from Notts is due in court over allegations he flew drones over packed football grounds including The City Ground in Nottingham - Derby's iPro Stadium and the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

42 year-old Nigel Wilson - reportedly from Bingham - is also accused of flying the unmanned aircrafts over Anfield Stadium in Liverpool and Arsenal's home groud, as well as the Houses of Parliament and near to Buckingham Palace.

He'll appear before magistrates next month, in relation to 17 alleged breaches of the Air Navigation Order, according to Scotland Yard.

He is said to have flown a "small unmanned surveillance aircraft'' over venues without permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The Air Navigation Order 2009 says operators of small, unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly them over or within 150 metres of any congested area, over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 people, or within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the user's control, unless they have obtained permission from the CAA.

A spokesman for the CAA said: "We can confirm that we have assisted the police in preparing this prosecution.

"There are clear rules and regulations in place regarding the flying of drones in the UK and it is the responsibility of users to spend time fully understanding what those rules are.''

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