Po­lice in drones warn­ing

Sunday Sun - - News -

DRONE pilots could cause se­ri­ous harm if they fly their de­vices in re­stricted areas, po­lice have warned.

Durham Tees Val­ley Air­port has raised con­cerns about the de­vices fly­ing close to the air­port, just weeks af­ter flights land­ing in New­cas­tle were forced to dodge a drone.

Durham po­lice are now en­cour­ag­ing drone pilots to read the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity’s “Drone Code”.

The guide out­lines the dos and don’ts of fly­ing a drone and, if they are not ad­hered to, it can lead to crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

Po­lice warn that, if a drone en­dan­gers the safety of an air­craft, it is a crim­i­nal of­fence and its owner could be jailed for five years.

It also states drones must fly be­low 400ft and al­ways be in sight of the op­er­a­tor.

Fly­ing drones within 150 me­tres of a crowded area is also a crim­i­nal of­fence and may in­fringe air safety leg­is­la­tion.

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