£1,200 fine for fly­ing drone over Xmas fair

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Jonathan Bucks

A MAN has been fined for fly­ing a drone over a Win­ter Won­der­land event at­tended by thou­sands of rev­ellers.

Paul Griggs, 44, used his £1,200 drone over Hyde Park on De­cem­ber 7, weeks be­fore a rogue drone op­er­a­tor brought chaos to Gatwick Air­port.

West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court heard that the the­atre­set de­signer tried to flee po­lice when con­fronted.

The fa­ther-of-two, from En­field, North Lon­don, was or­dered to pay £475 for ‘ob­struct­ing a con­sta­ble in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty’ and fly­ing a ‘small un­manned surveil­lance air­craft within 150m of an or­gan­ised open-air as­sem­bly of more than 1,000 per­sons’.

De­fence lawyer Kieran Smith said Griggs had acted ‘stupidly’.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their hunt for those be­hind the Gatwick drone at­tack – and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of an­other drone at Heathrow Air­port on Tues­day.

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