Police in drones warning
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.