Parents fear pervert was using drone to spy on their children

Drones are becoming increasingly popular (stock image)

The use of drones has exploded in recent years. They’re used at sporting events, outdoor festivals or just to take aerial pictures of the landscape.

But for a Wingham family, one device become a source of concern.

Ross and Nicky Pullen, of Preston Hill, have reported that a drone flew over the swimming pool their daughters aged between seven and 11 were playing in.

The drone flew away when Mr Pullen gave it the middle finger, but they fear it may have even been a pervert spying on their children.

Those who own and use drones should be aware of the laws around their use.

For example, anyone can own a drone, but if you want to use it for business purposes then it must registered with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Police advise that there are restrictions about where it is possible to fly a drone. It is generally prohibited near airfields and airports or near other aircraft.

They must also not be flown within 50m of a person, vehicle, building of structure or within 150m of crowds or built up areas.

Drones cannot be flown higher than 12om.

The main law covering their use is the Air Navigation Order 2016. Police warn: “Misuse of a drone may also breach other laws including disorderly behaviour, voyeurism, breach of the peace, criminal damage and harassment. If you are unsure if you are within the law, ask before you fly.”

Anyone who has concerns about should call police on 1o1. Last year the government mooted proposals about creating a registration system so that authorities should monitor drone use more closely.



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