Drone in Nelson Square

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Saturday 1 July 2017 10.49pm
Did anyone else see the drone in Nelson Square early hours of this morning, midnight to 0140? It seemed to be bone shape with two circles of red either end with a blue or green light flashing. All I saw at first were the lights, it was the way it moved which was curious, up and down, zigging and zagging, disappearing high into the clouds over Vaughan House then reappearing over Applegarth House.

It eventually came down perpendicular into the Square. Two people were controlling it and took it for walkies round the Square.

Must have been a quality one given the amount of battery time it consumed and also the height it was able to reach. Interesting sight but a bit creepy too when you think of the news and police helicopters we have whizzing over ahead and don't these drones have cameras as well?
Monday 3 July 2017 1.33pm
Hmmm, I didn't hear / see it but am not surprised. Am also pretty sure that it's not legal. Did you contact the police perhaps??
Monday 3 July 2017 4.32pm
Nope, didn't contact police, as you say, they are not illegal but having seen one in action, my imagination is in overtime, could they fall out of the sky for example?
Monday 3 July 2017 5.32pm
I passed the HQ of the Civil Aviation Authority on the bus this weekend and its windows are covered in vinyls promoting the http://dronesafe.uk website.

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Monday 3 July 2017 6.03pm
Of course they COULD fall on someone's head, but, more to the point, they can spy on you through your windows!!!
Monday 3 July 2017 6.22pm
This is what the CAA website says (not madly helpful but it does indicate that you can call the police):

"As a general rule, unless the drone pilot has permission from the CAA, he or she should not be flying a camera equipped within 150m of a ‘congested area’ (e.g. town or city) or at a public event.

The definition of a congested area in relation to a city, town or settlement means:

any area which is substantially used for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes
When the pilot does have permission from the CAA, such flights are usually restricted to flight distances no closer than 50m from people, vehicles and structures that are not ‘under the control’ of the pilot.

These restrictions mean that the use of a drone in public places is limited and often not suitable or legal unless the operator has received the appropriate permission from the CAA. Our enforcement strategy has recently changed to better reflect the balance of capabilities between the CAA and local Police services.

The Police often have greater resources, response times and powers of investigation than the CAA. To support this, the CAA has now agreed with the Police, in a signed Memorandum of Understanding that the Police will take the lead in dealing with drone misuse incidents, particularly at public events, that may contravene aviation safety legislation or other relevant criminal legislation.

The CAA’s remit is limited to safety and does not include concerns over privacy or broadcast rights.

Privacy issues are covered by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and will not be dealt with by the CAA."
Monday 3 July 2017 11.00pm
Very interesting stuff Ruth, thanks, does seem to tick all the boxes for misuse in public places, will continue to keep an eye open for the drone

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