A man is due to appear in court accused of flying drones over a number of locations including the Emirates and Anfield.
Summoned in relation to 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order 2009, Scotland Yard said in a statement in regards to Nigel Wilson, 42, of Nottingham that he had flown “small, unmanned surveillance aircraft” over congested areas without obtaining the proper permissions from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Wilson also is accused of failing to maintain direct, unaided and visual contact with a drone he allegedly flew over Buckingham Palace and the House of Parliament.
Other grounds that Wilson allegedly flew his drones over include Nottingham Forest Stadium, King Power Stadium in Leicester, Britannia Stadium in Stoke-On-Trent, Derby Stadium, and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority 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.”
While Chief Inspector Nick Aldworth of the Met’s Specialist Operations unite added
“I compare them to cars. They are perfectly legal to own but it is very easy to break the laws when you are driving.
“Our concern is that in the New Year we will see a lot of these things being flown in London and there is a potential for people to wander into criminal territory. We also recognise that people will use these devices for criminal purposes and we want to send them a message too.”
He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on April 16th.