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Misuse of drones around Broseley reported to the Police in January 2019.

Drone owners are reminded by the Police of their responsibilities.

Safer Homes - Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers have received information that there are at least two people in Broseley who are currently flying drones around the area without following the rules for drone flying.  This has included flying the drone into other people gardens.

To make sure that new drone owners are not misusing their drones we have taken the following information from the Civilian Aviation Authority.

If you have a drone and are using it for personnel use, then you are governed by the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Navigation Order 2016. The Drone Code is available to download at http://dronesafe.uk/ along with a useful Drone Assist App created by the CAA and air traffic control body National Air Traffic Service (NATS) to help individuals understand their responsibilities.

Essentially, your responsibilities are:

  • To know how to fly your drone safely, and do so within the law.
  • To understand that the operator is legally responsible for every flight.
  • To keep your drone in sight at all times - stay below 400ft.
  • Not to fly your drone over a congested area, never fly within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under your control.
  • Ensure any images you obtain using the drone do not break privacy laws.
  • Avoiding collisions - you should never fly a drone near an airport or close to aircraft. It is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft in flight.

There are several other things to think about - what is your drone going to do if it runs out of power or fails? Is it going to land/fall somewhere safe? Are you far enough away from people, buildings and, more importantly, airfields if you lose control of your drone? So the message is this - if you are going to use drones, have a really good think about where you are, keep your drone in sight, consider what aircraft might be flying about and keep clear - it is your responsibility.

For those who wish to use drones commercially, i.e. for commercial gain, then permission is required from the CAA. They will expect you to attend an accredited course that will train you and assess your ability to safely operate drones. The courses include flying competence, knowledge of the law, risk assessments, decision making and more. They exist to ensure that those who wish to legitimately use drone technology in their business can do so safely and not expose the general public or aviation to unnecessary danger. Further information can be found on the CAA website.

In summary, drone technology is extremely useful, great fun to use and is here to stay. But used wrongly it does pose a genuine hazard to manned aviation, so make sure you know the law, stay within the law and fly safe.

9 things you need to know about flying drones:

  1. Drones can and do present a very real hazard to manned aircraft - pilots (including military pilots) have reported over 50 near misses with drones last year alone.
  2. Drones (including model aircraft) are subject to the law through the Air Navigation Order.
  3. It is your responsibility to fly safely and within the law - if you don't (and individuals have been) you could be prosecuted.
  4. Never fly a drone near an airport/airfield or close to aircraft. It is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of aircraft in flight.
  5. Keep your drone in sight and below 400ft.
  6. Do not fly over congested areas and never fly within 50m of a person, vehicle or building not under your control.
  7. If you wish to use a drone for commercial purposes (get paid) then you need to have permission from the CAA .
  8. Ensure any images obtained do not break privacy laws.
  9. Finally, follow the Drone Code, have fun and fly safe.

If you wish to pass information anonymously, you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or use this link to pass the information over the internet  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

You can email the Safer Neighbourhood Team at bmw.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk , but be aware that this email address should not be used to report an incident that requires an urgent Police answer as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

Please follow us on Twitter:  @WenlockCops for updates to this story and others for the area.

 

Published 02/01/19